Here's the heart of the quoted argument:
It's interesting that punishment of the rich must be entirely dependent on a judgment of the consequences of punishing them at all, but punishment of the poor must always be harsh because that's the only way to maintain law and orderhttps://t.co/ETGk0TGjQQ— Hamilton Nolan (@hamiltonnolan) July 28, 2022
"Half the country" is a bit generous, but let's overlook that. The argument is not really about wealth (although name a poor prominent politician.) It's about politics. And the argument is basically: "Only banana republics bring criminal charges against former chief executives (Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc.).
If the Biden administration prosecutes Donald Trump, about half the country will think "this proves that no one is above the law," and the other half will think "this sets the precedent that it's ok for presidents to prosecute their political opponents on trumped-up charges."— Timothy B. Lee (@binarybits) July 27, 2022
Russian state TV host rages that DOJ might put 'our Trump' in prison for trying to steal election https://t.co/M5KYBwlWKM— Raw Story (@RawStory) July 28, 2022