I think it’s a trap.
Manhattan judge Juan Merchan decided not to issue a gag order on Trump out of concerns about limiting his right to free speech, especially as a political candidate. Merchan said that if Trump did not adhere to the terms of the protective order, he could face future consequences or a more restrictive order.
The protective order is designed so each side doesn’t publicly share what is revealed from the other side
Judge Merchan told Donald Trump during yesterday’s arraignment, the first for a United States president (sic), “Please refrain from making statements that are likely to incite violence or civil unrest” and to avoid rhetoric that could “jeopardize the rule of law.”
And then Trump flew back to MAGA-Lardo and gave a hate-filled speech with unsubstantiated statements and attacks on District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Merchan, and his family.
Weeks ago, Trump “truthed” a photo of him holding a bat next to Bragg. Trump’s lawyers argued that Trump wasn’t “swinging” the bat and he didn’t put the photo together, he only shared it. Trump doesn’t hire good lawyers.
Trump continues to call Bragg, who is black, a “racist” and an “animal” while claiming he’s financially supported by Jewish millionaire and right-wing boogeyman George Soros (millionaires fund Republicans too). Soros contributed to PACs that spread the money out to various Democratic candidates. He didn’t directly fund Bragg, but I’m sure he approved of his money going to him.
Trump also attacked the judge’s family, saying, “I have a Trump-hating judge, with a Trump-hating wife and family, whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris and now receives money from the Biden-Harris campaign.” Trump makes it sound like hating him is unpatriotic or something. It’s not a crime to hate Trump.
The judge’s daughter is president of a company that operates digital campaigns for Democratic candidates, including campaigns for vice president Kamala Harris and the Biden/Harris Campaign.
Trump and his two goon sons, Snorty Jr and Dumbass, tweeted out the names of the Judge in all caps, making sure the racist MAGAt base knows he’s a Mexican American, and photos of his daughter just in case she passes by a MAGAt on the sidewalk.
The court and the DA have received death threats. On the same forums where hate groups helped organize the January 6 white nationalist terrorist attack, there were statements about hanging all the “traitors” involved. One Trump supporter brought a sign to yesterday’s rally calling for the death of Trump’s critics, and a noose. I have photographic evidence of this. None of the anti-Trump protesters brought a noose.
In criticizing the judge, DA, and Soros, Trump made a bigoted hat trick by going after a Mexican, a black man, and a Jew. If only one of them was trans.
The judge has to know that Trump is just going to make this worse. He’s going to continue attacking everyone involved in this case and I hope it works out as well for him as it did for Alex Jones. So maybe it is a trap and Trump will walk right into it. There is a protective order that restricts Trump and his team from publicly releasing any of the evidence they would be receiving through the discovery process. Any revelations of confidential elements of evidence on social media will result in contempt-of-court findings.
Trump was told that he could be removed from the courtroom during any court conference, hearing, or trial if he were to “become disruptive.” Like talking to a child, Judge Merchan told Trump, “I don’t have any reason to believe that’s going to happen. Do you understand that?”
Can Donald Trump sit through this trial without exploding at some point? Oh, I hope not.
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It really seems like Trump is deliberately defying the Judge Merchan’s instructions.
I’d like to see Merchan make Trump go back to the NY courtroom and tell him that he still isn’t issuing a gag order, but that if he mentions the DA or the judge or their families, he will be held in contempt and spend a few days in jail.
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I say GAG HIM all the way to hell!! … “Judge Merchan told Donald Trump during yesterday’s arraignment, the first for a United States president (sic), “Please refrain from making statements that are likely to incite violence or civil unrest” and to avoid rhetoric that could “jeopardize the rule of law.”
And then Trump flew back to MAGA-Lardo and gave a hate-filled speech with unsubstantiated statements and attacks on District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Merchan, and his family.”
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It’s a trap!!!
Clay, Judge merchan was born in Colombia and came here as a young child. Not Mexican to my knowledge
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Thank you and I already know, but I didn’t change it on the sippy cup because it was already sent to clients and I figured it was something Trump would put on it.