One difference between a civil case and a criminal case is consequences. The recent Carroll v Trump case highlights not only the obvious fact that the alleged offenses happened a long time ago, but more significantly that Donald Trump’s name pops up yet again as the defendant.
The verdict in this civil case appears to have been met with acceptance by Ms. Carroll (what’s not to like about a certain vindication and a $5 million settlement?). But again—more significantly—Donald Trump was found guilty of defamation and sexual abuse, and, one might reasonably assume, has suffered yet another blow to his already ridiculously tarnished reputation. Yet another reason to question his fitness, his character, his motivations, and to wonder how on earth he can still be considered a candidate for President of the United States.
His lowbrow nature is practically skywritten for all to see, and the fact that this was a civil case versus a criminal case shouldn’t matter in the least. Regardless of how good or unsavory his lawyers are, and how often we are implored to disregard the elephant in the room, his guilt is pretty much a given. Because that’s the kind of guy he is.
He has groomed us for low expectations.