In the annals of Yugoslavia’s history, few episodes evoke the same visceral response as the infamous Informbiro era. A dark time in history when political opponents were rounded up, imprisoned and put through sham trials that bore all the hallmarks of a despotic regime.

And yet, as we look at the latest developments in America’s justice system, one cannot help but draw comparisons to those dark days of old. With DA Bragg setting a troubling precedent, the specter of political persecution now looms large over the land of the free.

Joe Tacopina, Trump’s lawyer was quick to sound the alarm, declaring that what we witnessed today marked the death of rule of law in America. Trump himself, of course, pleaded not guilty to 34 charges of falsifying business records, as the proceedings unfolded with all the pomp and circumstance of a modern-day legal drama.

And yet, even as DA Bragg held forth in his press conference, regaling us with stale facts that date back seven years, one could not help but feel a sense of déjà vu. The catch and kill story has been rehearsed ad nauseam, and yet Bragg seems determined to convince us that this is something new. Even a politically zealous CNN found the indictment to be underwhelming.

It’s an absolute joke, of course, and one that could have far-reaching consequences for us all. For when political persecution becomes the new normal, it is not just the individual who suffers, but society as a whole. A bleak future, indeed, for the land of the brave and the home of the free.

Electoral interference, the indictment alleges. It seems that Hillary and her associates are still convinced that if Trump had not supposedly paid off Stormy, Hillary would have won the election. They maintain that this singular event had an impact on the electoral results.

America, what has become of you?


Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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