Former President Donald Trump was issued a gag order due to his repeated abuse toward members of the case, but now it’s been temporarily lifted, and Trump wasted no time in continuing his furious tirade.
A Reprieve Granted
Judge Tanya S. Chutkan temporarily lifted the gag order on Trump, providing him with a short-lived opportunity to express his views.
Trump’s Swift Response
Within 48 hours, Trump wasted no time and issued a renewed attack against the prosecutor, Jack Smith, defying the order’s terms.
Trump Back To His Old Habits
Immediately after the gag order was temporarily lifted, Trump wasted no time in calling special counselor Jack Smith “De-ranged.”
Trump’s Previous Violation
Trump was fined $5,000 for violating a gag order by posting disparaging remarks about a court staffer in his New York civil fraud trial.
Challenging the Order
Trump repeatedly criticized the judge and the state attorney general who brought his New York civil fraud case, hinting at retaliation if he regains power.
Attacking Judge Chutkan
Trump’s history of undermining judicial independence is evident as he takes on Judge Chutkan, claiming she dislikes him.
The Delicate Balancing Act
Trump had refrained from openly violating this gag order while criticizing it publicly and engaging in controversial remarks, a move that his legal advisors had recommended.
The Political Angle
The Trump campaign saw potential political advantages in the gag order, paralleling its use of indictments to bolster Trump’s standing during the Republican primary.
Trump’s campaign leveraged the gag order for aggressive fundraising, using it as a focal point for soliciting contributions.
Online fundraising experts emphasize that controversies like the gag order fuel campaign contributions and draw attention, “Anything that turns up the temperature and becomes controversial is where the online fundraising comes from,” one expert said.
Trump’s Legal Fight
As he faces multiple criminal charges, Trump’s campaign centered on fighting legal battles that he says are politically motivated by the Biden administration.
Trump Playing the Victim
Trump’s position as a victim who is treated unfairly is an attempt to resonate with supporters as the Trump campaign recently called the order “an attempt to gag American people and cancel out your vote.”
The Trump campaign asserted Trump’s right to defend himself from what they view as politically weaponized prosecutions.
Advisors anticipated that Trump may eventually break the gag order if it’s reinstated, gambling that judges won’t impose severe penalties.
The Legal Dilemma
The campaign’s confidence in the gag order improving Trump’s political standing is a problem faced by Judge Chutkan, who may have to reevaluate her order.
The Order’s Narrow Scope
The gag order, while limiting Trump’s statements, still allows him to criticize the prosecution and political opponents, providing some leeway for his campaign.
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