'Liberals lack critical thinking skills': NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson under fire for calling 'unfit' Trump to drop out of presidential race

'Liberals lack critical thinking skills': NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson under fire for calling 'unfit' Trump to drop out of presidential race
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson boldly asserts that Donald Trump is unfit to represent American democracy (Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: In the aftermath of Donald Trump's historic criminal conviction, questions swirl regarding the implications for his presidential aspirations and potential incarceration.

While Trump defiantly asserts that "the real verdict" rests with voters on Election Day, the NAACP offers a starkly different perspective: urging Trump to abandon his presidential bid altogether.

A New York City jury's unanimous verdict found Trump guilty on all 34 counts, stemming from allegations of illegally funneling hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels for political gain.

The 45th President predictably pointed fingers at President Joe Biden and decried the verdict as "a disgrace," alleging the result of “a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt.”'

Former President Donald Trump listens as his attorney Todd Blanche speaks during a press conference at 40 Wall Street after a pre-trial hearing on March 25, 2024 in New York City. Judge Juan Merchan scheduled Trump's criminal trial to begin on April 15, which would make it the first criminal prosecution of a former American president. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 election. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts in hush money case (Photo by Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)

NAACP highlights impact of Donald Trump's conviction on American democracy

The uncertainty looms over Trump's presumptive Republican presidential nomination, with the specter of potential prison time casting a shadow over his candidacy.

Despite constitutional allowances for convicted felons to run for president, the NAACP highlights the racial irony inherent in Trump's continued pursuit of the Oval Office, given historical disparities in the treatment of Black Americans with criminal backgrounds.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson boldly asserts that Trump's conviction is "a monumental step toward justice for the American people,” warning that “Donald Trump is unfit to represent American democracy.”

Johnson critiqued White privilege and supremacy in a nation grappling with the consequences of racial inequality.

“The NAACP strongly believes that anyone who has been found guilty of criminal offenses of this magnitude is unfit to occupy the Oval Office,” Johnson added.

“As Black Americans have been denied basic human rights due to less offensive crimes, any attempt to advance Donald Trump’s nomination for Presidency would be a gross advancement of white supremacist policy,” reported Newsone.

Implications of Donald Trump's felony conviction for presidential impeachment

While the Constitution permits a convicted felon to hold the presidency, it mandates the removal of a president upon "Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

A felony constitutes a high crime, implying that Trump would face impeachment and conviction immediately after inauguration. Although a two-thirds Senate vote for conviction is improbable, the prospect of a president eligible for impeachment and conviction could deepen divisions in America to levels perhaps unparalleled since the Civil War.

While Trump's departure from the race seems unlikely, his criminal conviction may impact his standing within the Republican Party.

The party's national convention, scheduled shortly after Trump’s sentencing hearing on July 11, will determine the GOP's presidential nominee. Meanwhile, the Biden Campaign is gearing up for Trump's continued presence in the race.

Netizens react to NAACP stance on Donald Trump's conviction

“There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box,” remarked Biden Campaign communications director Michael Tyler in response to Thursday’s verdict. “Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

A user tweeted, "Where were you when George Bush started an illegal war that led to the deaths of over a million people? Pathetic."

Another said, "It's only OK when Hillary does it."

"Kangaroo court," a user added.

"They are now FAIR GAME!! The CRIMINAL CORRUPTION SYSTEM just handed Trump the presidency in November. Liberals lack critical thinking skills. They’re to STU PID to COMPREHEND what this VERDICT means which is now ALL past PRESIDENTS can be ARRESTED who have COMMITTED Crimes Against Humanity & High Treason!! REMEMBER what the Demoracts said? No one is above the law," read a tweet. [sic]

"No one is above the law—including Benjamin Netanyahu. #Trump #Biden #Israel #Rafah," stated a user.

A user commented on Facebook, "The Landmines of the Law are producing fruit."

"That would be nice, but we know he's not and the gop isn't going to demand it," said a user. [sic]






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