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Fri Jan 21, 2022, 12:18 PM Jan 2022

I'm sick of hearing about how difficult it is to prove "state of mind" and "intent" [View all]

The more power and responsibility you assume, the more you should be held accountable knowing whether what you're doing is right or wrong. The reverse seems to be the usual case.

I don't give a damn if a CEO selling a fraudulent product might have truly believed in the fraud themselves.

I certainly don't give a damn if Trump had deluded himself into believing he'd actually won Georgia. It's totally fucked up that the prosecution is expected to prove Trump knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he was acting illegally when fishing for 11,780 votes.

The same goes for whether Trump knowingly whipped the 1/6 mob into a violent frenzy. As President you should be expected to know the effects of your inflamed rhetoric, with little or no leniency for claiming you couldn't have known how people would respond.

When you're President, you should be expected to know better, and be expected to pay a price if you don't.

I'm not totally against state of mind and intent figuring into legal decisions, but it sure seems like the little guy doesn't get many breaks when it comes to that, while the powerful abuse the hell out it.

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