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The news of Trump’s historic 34 guilty verdicts are about a week old. Has it sunk in that the man who insists on being the Republican nominee for president is the former president known officially as CFDT34? If the name sounds like a dangerous radioactive isotope, it is — to our democracy.

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CFDT34 is my coinage of a new acronym that we all should adopt. It’s shorthand for “Convicted Felon Donald Trump,” with 34 being the number of criminal counts of guilt.
CFDT34 is my coinage of a new acronym that we all should adopt. It’s shorthand for “Convicted Felon Donald Trump,” with 34 being the number of criminal counts of guilt.

By Emil Guillermo

The news of Trump’s historic 34 guilty verdicts are about a week old.

Has it sunk in that the man who insists on being the Republican nominee for president is the former president known officially as CFDT34?  If the name sounds like a dangerous radioactive isotope, it is — to our democracy.

CFDT34 is my coinage of a new acronym that we all should adopt. It’s shorthand for “Convicted Felon Donald Trump,” with 34 being the number of criminal counts of guilt.

We need to say CFDT34 aloud as a constant reminder. Too many Americans are in denial. Or just lying.

Especially, CFDT34 himself.

Trump insists it’s all a “fascist” witch hunt, but the verdicts were based on an avalanche of evidence. The defense failed to refute the statements of the National Enquirer’s David Pecker who admitted his role in the Trump campaign to catch, then kill, stories that threatened Trump’s candidacy.

The defense didn’t even attempt to explain Hope Hicks, an ally who delivered the damning testimony that Trump knew about the arrangement to pay off Daniels. Hicks was in tears telling the truth. The defense never countered.

And then there were the checks and invoices and ledger entries, that spelled out the whole scheme. The payments were lies, called “lawyer fees” but they really were reimbursements to attorney Michael Cohen who had used his own money to pay off Daniels.

Minor stuff? Not when done with the intent to violate election law. The payoff was intended to influence the election and it became an illegal campaign contribution as well.

And the hero is New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the African American man who led the prosecution. Bragg got justice for all voters denied the truth in 2016.

Contrast Bragg with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla). the key African Americans lying for CFDT34.

Scott and Donalds lack the courage to honor the rule of law. Rigged case, they say.  Never should have been prosecuted. Where was the crime?

All of it baloney.

Prior to the historic verdicts, there was some historic polling.

Black voters were seen as abandoning Democrats, with Biden scoring just 70% of the vote. Four years ago, Biden was at 81%.

CNN called the pre-verdict polling the best results for the GOP among Black voters since Nixon.

The age breakdown is more telling. Black voters aged 50 and up were about 85% for Biden. Those who recalled civil rights battles were holding steady for Democrats.

Among Black voters under age 50, a new divide was revealed.  A reported average of polls showed young Blacks were 27% for Trump, with Biden at 64%.

Nearly a third of young Blacks were for Trump prior to the verdicts. But what would young Blacks think now? Would they back a person like Trump, a man who comes with racist baggage like the Central Park 5 saga, and is now a convicted felon?

I haven’t seen new data yet. But with Biden and Harris stepping up their attention on the Black community, talking about economics and pocketbook issues, I’d expect a turnaround when young Blacks hear the lies and the overall hypocrisy among the GOP.

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Emil Guillermo, an award-winning journalist, and commentator has covered race and politics in Hawaii, California, and Washington, DC. He has worked in newspapers, TV and on radio was host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

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Why the 2024 Subaru Solterra Touring EV Deserves a Spot on Your Test Drive List

Why the 2024 Subaru Solterra Touring EV Deserves a Spot on Your Test Drive List… Let’s dive into something different today. Forget about the usual dry specs and let’s talk about what makes the 2024 Subaru Solterra Touring EV not just a vehicle, but a companion for your daily adventures and beyond. Power and Poise […]
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Let’s dive into something different today. Forget about the usual dry specs and let’s talk about what makes the 2024 Subaru Solterra Touring EV not just a vehicle, but a companion for your daily adventures and beyond.

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First things first: the Solterra isn’t just any electric vehicle. With 215 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque, this car combines the environmental benefits of an EV with the performance you’d expect from a traditional engine. And because it’s all funneled through Subaru’s symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, you get a responsive, stable ride whether you’re on rain-soaked streets or a snowy pass.

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The Solterra comes packed with features that not only keep you safe but do so without a fuss. Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control are just starters. Ever worried about the car behind you when you’re stopping at lights? The Emergency Driver Stop System has got you covered. Plus, the array of airbags and Vehicle Stability Control ensure that you’re cocooned in safety, making every journey worry-free.

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Inside, the Solterra is a tech haven. The 12.3” Subaru Multimedia Audio System is where the magic happens—navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even SiriusXM for your road trip soundtracks. Not to mention, “Hey, Subaru!”, the voice-activated virtual assistant, is ready to help with your commands.

But it’s not just about convenience; it’s about enhancing your driving experience. The panoramic view monitor with a 360-degree camera and Parking Assist turns maneuvering in tight spots from a chore into a breeze.

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Now, onto the interiors. Subaru has gone all out with comfort. Heated seats front and back, a heated steering wheel, and even a power sunshade for the panoramic moonroof—it’s all designed to make your ride as comfortable as possible, regardless of the weather outside. And with StarTex trimmed upholstery, the cabin isn’t just comfortable; it’s stylish and durable too.

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The 2024 Subaru Solterra Touring EV might not just be your next car; it could be your reason to hit the road more often. With a blend of tech, comfort, and robust safety features, this car checks all the boxes for a modern driver’s needs. Sure, the EV range might make you pause, but with all its perks, it’s a contender that deserves consideration.

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