Saturday, May 18, 2024

Trump Pushes Gag Order, Attacks Three of His Judges on Eve of Stormy Daniels Trial


Donald Trump is attacking the judges in three of his trials, on social media. On the eve of his hush money trial involving a payoff to Stormy Daniels, Trump has gone after Judges Engoron, Kaplan, and Merhan. The latter, Juan Merchan, is overseeing the hush money case. He imposed a gag order on the garrulous former billionaire to stop him from attacking anyone involved in the trial — including himself. But Trump keeps pushing the boundaries of all his gag orders. He wrote on Truth Social — which is represented on the stock exchange by a crashing stock price: “Who is the WORST, most EVIL and most CORRUPT JUDGE? Would it be Judge Arthur Engoron, Judge Lewis Kaplan or, could it be that my current New York disaster, Judge Juan Merchan, is the WORST? They are all from violent crime (without retribution!) filled New York, are really bad Judges, are extraordinarily conflicted and unfair, and most obviously to all, suffer from a rare but very lethal disease, TDS, commonly known as TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. Please reply here!!!” This certainly seems like a violation of the gag order. It’s also not the smartest thing to do on the eve of a trial. But Trump wants to turn this into a circus than can be appealed. He remains dangerous to the Republic and to the rule of law.
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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