Ready for some visualization? How about multiple criminal trials of a major party presidential candidate in the midst of the campaign?



Donald Trump
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Fig. 1. “Jake Angeli (Qanon Shaman), seen holding a Qanon sign at the intersection of Bell Rd and 75th Ave in Peoria, Arizona, on 2020 October 15.” Photography by TheUnseen011101 [pseud.], October 15, 2020, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

I’m trying to visualize multiple criminal trials of a major party presidential candidate during the campaign. In the words of, if I remember right, HAL 9000, “I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t do that.”

At some point, too many variables, many with unknown values, intervene. Which is one way of saying I have no special insight as to how this plays. But damn, surely, it’ll be worth a few bags of popcorn.

Holly Bailey, “Trump attorneys again push to block Georgia 2020 election investigation,” Washington Post, July 21, 2023,

Sadie Gurman, “Judge Sets May 2024 Trial Date for Trump’s Documents Case,” Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2023,

Matt Stieb, “Trump May Be on Trial During the 2024 General Election,” New York, July 21, 2023,

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