The left continues to ramp up indictments on Donald Trump faster than he can say make America great again.
Predictably, Trump pushes back with increased vehemence for the judges presiding over his cases who deliver rulings he disagrees with.
He’s identified justices as “Obama judges,” called for the death penalty of some accused of criminal behavior, and described the court system as “broken and unfair.”
His inflammatory remarks have members of both sides of the political aisle concerned.
Many claim Trump’s attacks further weaken the American citizen’s already declining faith in the rule of law.
In 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman stated Trump’s attacks on the judiciary were “not normal.”
But just because something isn’t normal, doesn’t mean it isn’t right.
Many on the right claim just the opposite; that it is the weaponization of the legal system that results in a deteriorating trust in the rule of law.
So, who’s correct? Like almost everything in politics, it depends on which side of the fence you sit.
Is Trump’s Retaliation Justified?
While I’m not condoning Trump’s behavior, it’s not wholly baseless. Any red-blooded human would lash out after being systematically targeted with no uncertain aim to completely destroy their success or livelihood.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that many accusations against the former president have been politically motivated. The left has been nothing short of maniacal in their attempts to take Trump down ever since he descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower on June 16, 2015.
Currently Trump faces four separate investigations, one on a national level, one in Georgia, and one each in New York City and New York State.
Many on the left are okay with unjustly attacking a former, or even sitting president, with criminal charges. To be fair, in retaliation, some on the right have called for the same.
Sadly, this seems to be the new normal for our political system. Don’t like a politician’s policies or personality? Find a way to impeach them or put them in jail.
As the Durham report clearly demonstrates, Democrats have failed time and time again to take Trump down. The guy’s got more lives than a cat.
However, at some point, Trump’s nemeses will nail him. Dig deep enough, and everyone is guilty of something.
And if there’s one thing the Democrats are good at, it’s digging. Or simply manufacturing motives to make someone look guilty enough.
Trump’s Battle with Bragg
Trump has called Alvin Bragg, the District Attorney of New York City responsible for bringing charges against him regarding hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, a George Soros backed “disgrace.”
This is legitimate. Even Democrat voters declared Bragg’s accusations as a “tragedy,” despite an opinion piece in the Washington Post boasting that the inquisition completely “restores people’s faith in the rule of law.”
Referring to Bragg as an “animal” may be crossing the line.
Wielding a baseball bat placed next to an image of Bragg’s head threatening death and destruction? Definitely uncalled for. That post on Truth Social was removed.
Crossing the Line
Criticizing a decision or stating an opinion that a judgement may qualify as “unprecedented judicial overreach” is perfectly legitimate. Calling for acts of violence against judges or personal attacks stoops too low.
Unfortunately for Trump, he’s not very good at making nuanced distinctions or holding his tongue. Other than Trump’s most devoted loyalists, voters are not going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Trump’s attacks on judges should surprise no one. They are congruent with his overall rhetoric. Some people love it, but more hate it.
At the rate the left is going, Trump’s ruthless counter punches are going to continue. His incendiary commentary will likely diminish any chance he has at capturing the votes of those who may be just weary enough of bad Biden policy to consider Trump as president again, should he gain the GOP nomination. My guess is these voters will simply bow out of the 2024 election altogether, which is not good for the Republican party.
Trump’s outbursts and Truth Social posts will not dissuade his loyal Maga supporters. Quite the opposite – it merely fuels their fire, fanning their belief that no one but Trump operates outside the deep state and can rid D.C. of its corrupt cronies.
It’s an old, tired tactic, and while it may work in the GOP primary, it will fail him in the 2024 general.