Part of a Fitting Sentence for Donald Trump

Jim Mason
2 min readMay 31, 2024
After his conviction on May 30, 2024

Community Service serving homeless people would be appropriate.

Whatever else the judge sentences Trump to, I think part of it should be a requirement that he serve time once a week working at a homeless shelter, cleaning the rooms that people sleep in and the mats or cots that they sleep on. I have done that myself as a volunteer, and some of the people that I worked with were doing it as part of sentences for minor crimes. It is a grounding and humbling experience, reminding one first-hand of the difficult lives that some of our fellow humans endure.

Trump’s crimes are serious enough to justify a sentence of actual jail time, but I don’t think that is likely to happen before the fall election. It seems more likely that the judge will sentence him to probation. Community service serving poor, homeless people for two hours once a week would be a fitting part of the sentence, and the judge could impose that requirement even before the election.

Of course, Trump would try to turn that sentence to his political advantage as he always does, but weekly coverage of his required visit to a homeless shelter, arriving in his limousine accompanied by his Secret Service detail, would be a regular reminder to the public of the paradoxical nature of his place in American politics and society.

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Jim Mason

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