A Story That Could be True (Wilson P. Dizard)

[Updated – ed.] Disgraced former President Donald J. Trump, age [to kum – ed.] died today of congestive heart failure while serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at the Butner, NC Federal Medical Center. a special high security “administrative maximum” prison for dangerous offenders. He is survived by at least three sons and two daughters, three of whom were unavailable for comment due to their own incarceration. Trump was single at the time of his death. None of his three ex-wives made any comment fit to print. Trump also is survived by at least four known grandchildren.
Some of his relatives are known to have changed their names or moved overseas to avoid any association with Trump’s crimes, which included multiple alleged and proven rapes and sexual assaults. Trump claimed to be a billionaire during his Presidential tenure, but civil, government, and criminal investigations while he held office revealed he was actually billions of dollars in debt.
Those same investigations prompted his impeachment and conviction of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Federal and New York State trials, as well as plea bargains Trump negotiated with Florida and Illinois, led to a series of guilty verdicts and lengthy prison sentences as well as millions of dollars in fines. At the time of his death, the former reality show host had exhausted the opportunities for appealing his sentences. Three governors and two US Presidents rejected his clemency petitions.
Trump had the dubious distinction of being the only President in the history of the United States to be removed from office by impeachment and subsequent conviction for high crimes and misdemeanors.
The former President was physically removed from the White House by Secret Service personnel when he refused to leave. After his removal, Trump was indicted, tried and convicted in Federal Court and in the State Court of New York for abuse of power, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, tax fraud, and other corruption-related charges. His brand collapsed when anyone who could afford to stay in his hotels refused to stay there, and his political base of voters didn't have the funds to do so either.
Trump’s companies were forced into bankruptcy and later purchased by a consortium of criminal oligarchs led by former Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB colonel and Russian strongman has been under 24-hour suicide watch in Moscow’s Levfortovo Prison for the past 17 years. Trump’s partial term of office is considered by historians to be the most destructive in American history. The national debt he doubled tipped the American economy and the world into depression. His international swindling prompted civil litigation against the United States by nations and companies harmed by Trump’s feckless plundering. Those court proceedings likely will continue for decades, according to the US Justice Department.
The political divisions Trump exploited and the polarization he inflamed among Americans continues to this day, though abated by new government leadership. Trump single handedly caused the implosion of the Republican party. The 2020 general election ousted hundreds of GOP elected officials. Public support of the party has dwindled to insignificance.
Despite the collapse of his brand, the loss of his businesses, the disgrace of removal and convictions of felonies, Trump remained defiant and divorced from reality to the end. He could be heard yelling from his cell at all hours about the injustices imposed on him and the great successes he was in business, in his personal life, and as President. At the end, no one was listening to those lies and distortions but Trump.
He will be buried at the Bureau of Prisons cemetery on the grounds of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex.
Neither mourners nor flowers will be permitted at the interment.
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