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Donald Trump has been charged. The swamp is finally being drained | Moustafa Bayoumi

Trump’s arraignment marks the day when he began to be held criminally accountable. And that must be a good thing for the rule of law

Tuesday marks the day that Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, finally begins to fulfill one of his major campaign promises of 2016. By surrendering himself to authorities in New York City, Trump is finally draining the swamp.

Of course, Trump isn’t the one opening the drain. That would be Alvin Bragg, New York county’s district attorney. And since “draining the swamp” is understood as rooting out political corruption, then, according to the criminal charges in the indictment, Trump is the alleged swamp monster potentially being drained. Still, job well done, Donald. Thank you. It’s about time.

Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of the award-winning books How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. He is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York

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