Pete Riehm
Debate and indictments show Trump is our only hope
By Pete Riehm
August 29, 2023

American presidential politics have devolved into the theater of the absurd. Suffering obvious and undeniable cognitive impairments not to mention insurmountable incompetence, the current occupant of the oval office can barely string a cogent thought into a sentence, but the Democrat Media Complex completely ignores and even hides the fact Joe Biden has no cognitive clothes.

This purposeful propaganda is quite ironic considering the same media was obsessed with using the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump as being incapable to serve. Now Trump quite able to express himself at length without note cards returns to challenge Biden, but the media continues to demonize him and leftist operatives throughout the government seek to thwart his presidential campaign by making him a criminal for no more than speaking truth to power.

Enduring more relentless personal and political harassment than probably any other politician in American history, Trump is the only president impeached twice. He is also the only American President to ever be indicted, and he has been indicted four times this year. Simply based on the fact the ridiculous accusations of Russian collusion were proven to be entirely fabricated by the Hillary Clinton campaign and his impeachment over his call to the Ukrainian President asking about Biden corruption is being vindicated by the avalanche of incriminating evidence that he was correct about Biden taking bribes. Americans are naturally and rightly deducing that every allegation and charge against Trump are based on patently false premises.

The most recent indictment of Trump in Fulton County, Georgia epitomizes the abject absurdity of this incessant witch-hunt. The Georgia indictment alleges election interference solely based on Trump questioning the shoddy election process and disputed results. Aside from his questioning the election being a purely freedom of expression matter, the preposterous charges and blatant double standard are astounding. Democrats have questioned the election of every Republican president this century and repeatedly claimed both George W. Bush and Trump were illegitimate presidents.

The 2000 presidential election was marred by “hanging chads” and spoiled ballots in Florida. Ultimately the Supreme Court had to resolve the matter, so Democrats howled the election was stolen and the Supreme Court unconstitutionally selected the president. To this day, Hillary Clinton clings to her paid for Russian Hoax and adamantly maintains Trump did not win the 2016 presidential election. President Jimmy Carter regularly echoes her erroneous claims. Several Democrat Congressmen boycotted Trump’s inauguration as a sham because the 2016 election was stolen by the Russians. Yet none of these Democrats have ever been considered for indictment.

Trump is a grave threat to our corrupt federal government and ruling elite, so they will stop at nothing to keep him from returning to Washington and draining that putrid swamp. Make no mistake. These ludicrous indictments are solely intended to deprive Americans of their right to vote for the candidate of their choice. Our rulers despise the people and certainly do not trust us, so they will abuse the irresistible power of the government to deny Trump a place on the ballot and preclude the voters from having their voices heard.

Leading by double digits in every poll, Trump is the far and away preferred candidate for the Republican nomination and that chaffs establishment Republicans and RINOs because they covet power as much as the Democrats. Republicans want to defeat Biden, but too many also submit to Washington corruption because they want that power should they return.

Therefore, Republicans scold average Americans with silly excuses of why Trump cannot win, and it’s always repulsive to hear Republicans repeat Democrat talking points. Trump is too brash, too divisive, or he’s just plain mean. Former Ohio Congressman John Kasich worries that Americans are so divided over Trump we could be on the brink of civil war, so his insinuation of possible violence is a not-so-subtle admonishment to abandon Trump. In other words, let’s live with corruption rather than risk any ugliness in reform. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu cautions voters that to support Trump “would hand the presidency to Kamala Harris.”

The perennial Republican platform is “you have to vote Republican, or you will get crazy progressive Democrat policies.” Well, Americans have learned we are likely to get progressive policies even with Republicans, and Republicans are highly unlikely to hold anyone accountable for corruption, unless it’s Trump. The Republican Presidential Primary was uninteresting to average Americans because the GOP and all the third rung candidates are running on the Republican brand which is tarnished as compromising and ineffective.

Declaring Trump will not be the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence insisted the GOP will have a vigorous vetting process to select the “GOP standard bearer” to defeat Biden. Regular folks just laugh at that assertion and then probably get angry. Establishment Republicans just cannot grasp that average Americans are not at all impressed with mediocre Republican performance and lukewarm approach.

The cast of candidates at the GOP Primary Debate were characterized as “the kids table bickering over who gets to sit with the adults once Trump is out of the way,” by Jeff Poor of 1819 News. The GOP Primary Debate was unserious as desperate candidates strained to be seen. Trump was wise to skip that circus as all, especially Pence, were diminished. Americans are longing for leadership not more political posturing.

Trump certainly rubs a few folks the wrong way, but the majority of thinking Americans realize he is facing the most corrupt, vicious, and vile opponents – tyrants craving totalitarian power. All the worst corrupt people (proven liars) are working against him, so Trump must be the right choice to fight corruption. Americans are clamoring for a man of confidence, conviction, and courage that will fight to protect this country and fight to uphold the Constitution. Trump is the only candidate that will fight to win for the American people. He is our only hope in 2024.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

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Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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