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Trump indictment, part IV: A spectacle that has become surreally routine

By Peter Baker

15 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Donald Trump has been charged for the fourth time in as many months with serious crimes, this time in Georgia for allegedly trying to corruptly reverse the state's 2020 election results. The indictment also charges 18 others with joining a criminal enterprise with Trump.

WASHINGTON — Another grand jury, another indictment. For the fourth time in as many months, former President Donald Trump was charged Monday with serious crimes and what was once unprecedented has now become surreally routine.

The novelty of a former leader of the United States being called a felon has somehow worn off. Not that the sweeping 98-page indictment handed up in Georgia accusing him of corruptly trying to reverse the state’s 2020 election results was any less momentous. But a country of short attention spans has now seen this three times before and grown oddly accustomed to the spectacle.

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