Donald J. Trump: First Among His Betters?

Not first among equals

Gippolito Ndp
4 min readMar 20


Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

You may have heard the term “first among equals.” For instance, orthodox Catholicism for a time considered Peter and his successors (i.e, the popes) Primus inter pares, or first among equals.

And for a time, the Roman “consul” was viewed in the same way until the nonsense about the divinity of Caesar, who usually found a way to be consul, came about.

I say Donald Trump thinks he is first among his betters — the 44 presidents who came before him, and at least the one who replaced him.

And oddly, he seems to think he’s more equal — better and with more rights — than everyone else.

Let’s review:

  • First president to be impeached twice,
  • First president to refuse to concede a landslide (his electoral college loss in 2020 was the exact reverse of his “landslide” win over Hillary Clinton in 2016) loss in a free and fair election — even with his own AG telling him he lost and after losing 60+ lawsuits alleging widespread fraud but including no evidence of fraud,
  • First president to deny the peaceful transfer of power to the next president, and
  • First president to incite an insurrection (as the last stage in a multi-part conspiracy) to subvert the election and obstruct Congress in an attempt to cling to power illegally and in violation of the Constitution.

And now, poised to become the first former president to be indicted for a crime or crimes — all arising out of his time either running to become president or while in that office.

Again, let’s review:

Manhattan, New York

In New York, it appears he’s about to be indicted for (at least) the hush money payment/campaign finance matter regarding Stormy Daniels. Frankly, I think there will be more to it than that.

On February 10th I published an article called “Manhattan Bragging Rights” about the New York case and why I thought D.A. Alvin Bragg (get it — “bragging” rights?) would be first out of the gate in bringing charges against Trump.

It appears I was right about that and am anxious to see if I was also right…



Gippolito Ndp

Dad, G-dad, veteran, semi-retired lawyer, archaeologist, writer