Why Trump’s Indictment Is NOT a “Sad” Day For America

Andy Ostroy
4 min readMar 31

It finally happened. Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was finally indicted by a New York grand jury Thursday in Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s investigation of the Stormy Daniels hush-money case. He is expected to voluntarily surrender at the Lower Manhattan courthouse Tuesday for his arraignment.

The New York indictment could be just the beginning of Trump’s legal troubles. He’s also facing indictment in Georgia over his election-stealing attempts and also faces federal charges over the classified documents scandal and his role in the January 6th insurrection.

Almost immediately after Thursday’s announcement of this historic indictment both the right and left reacted strongly. Many top Republicans, including Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Kevin McCarthy and Lindsey Graham, condemned Bragg and his ‘political persecution’ of Trump. This continued fealty is astonishing given that Trump almost got Pence hung outside the Capitol on J6; hates Ron “DeSanctimonious”, his chief rival for the 2024 Republican nomination; and has destroyed the GOP that Graham and McCarthy supposedly love so much.

Graham even went on Sean Hannity’s Fox program and, on the verge of tears, said “They are trying to destroy Donald Trump’ and begged viewers to send Trump money for his defense.

More puzzling though is the reaction from Democrats who claim yesterday’s indictment of Trump is a “sad day” for America. Is it really? On one hand I suppose I understand the broader sentiment of, ‘it’s a sad day when a former president is indicted for the first time in history’. To be sure, it’s a new phenomenon for us, but one that’s been experienced many times by other countries including Israel, Italy and South Korea.

Say what you will about this shock to the institution, but the reality and truth is, a massively corrupt, cruel, soulless, evil, anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, treasonous, dangerous dictator-wannabe is finally being held accountable for his unconscionable criminal acts.

So, I prefer to say it was a sad day for America when Trump descended that escalator in 2015 to announce his candidacy while spewing vile racist insults towards Mexicans.

Andy Ostroy

Director, producer, podcaster, writer, resistor, non-profit-supporter of women filmmakers