Trump’s Rants On About His Judges, Inciting Dangerous Intimidation!

By Donald A. Collins | 5 April 2024
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We know from history and from our experience with Trump that a principal tool used by dictators is to intimidate anyone who threatens their pathway to power.

The history of Trump in this regard has been enormous, but the March 29, 2024 article in the Washington Post entitled “Republican-appointed judges raise alarm over Trump attacks on law” is a frighteningly definitive listing of the effect of Trump’s ranting in stimulating threats against any judges who preside over cases in which Trump is involved.

I have written several articles about Trump’s use of intimidation, but this Washington Post article offers an especially comprehensive listing of attacks on GOP appointed judges.

I believe information contained herein is so important for all Americans to understand that I am quoting it extensively so those to whom I send who are not Post subscribers can grasp the anti-democratic abyss into which we would fall in a 2nd Trump term!

The Post article’s subtitle “Federal D.C. Judge Reggie B. Walton warned Trump’s attacks on hush-money trial judge and others could lead to violence. Reagan, Bush-appointed judges decry Jan. 6 revisionism, threats” needs to be fully quoted here in case readers that are not Post subscribers can read and hopefully forward it to as many others as possible.

A Republican-appointed judge denounced Donald Trump’s social media attacks against the judge presiding over the former president’s hush money trial in Manhattan and his daughter, calling them assaults on the rule of law that could lead to violence and tyranny.

“When judges are threatened, and particularly when their family is threatened, it’s something that’s wrong and should not happen,” U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins in a live interview Thursday. He added, “It is very troubling because I think it is an attack on the rule of law.”

The unusual media statement by a sitting federal judge came after Trump blasted New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan and his daughter, Loren Merchan, criticizing her affiliation with a digital marketing company that works with Democratic candidates and erroneously attributing to her a social media post showing Trump behind bars.

Walton, who was appointed by presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to courts in Washington in 1981 and 1991, said “any reasonable, thinking person” would appreciate the impact of Trump’s rhetoric on some followers, intentional or not. The judge recalled how a disgruntled litigant killed the son and wounded the husband of New Jersey federal Judge Esther Salas at her home in a 2020 shooting.

Since late 2020, as Trump began escalating his attacks on the judiciary, serious investigated threats against federal judges have more than doubled, from 224 in 2021 to 457 in 2023, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, as first reported by Reuters. Federal judges in Washington say at least half of trial judges handling cases arising from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have received a surge in threats and harassment, including death threats to their homes, with Trump’s election obstruction trial judge, Tanya S. Chutkan, placed under 24-hour protection.

“The rule of law can only be maintained if we have independent judicial officers who are able to do their job and ensure that the laws are in fact enforced and that the laws are applied equally to everybody who appears in our courthouse,” Walton told CNN. He was prompted to speak out of concern for the “future of our country and the future of democracy in our country,” Walton said, “because if we don’t have a viable court system that’s able to function efficiently, then we have tyranny.”

Walton’s remarks came as several federal judges in Washington appointed by Republican presidents have spoken with increasing urgency about Trump’s disregard for historical facts and alarmed at his increasingly graphic and at times violent description of defendants prosecuted in the Jan. 6 riot as “political prisoners” and “hostages” who did nothing wrong.

The website address here also offers the additional information about Trump’s current legal status.

To repeat, may I suggest forwarding this email to family and friends??

As was so obviously evident in the House January 6th Committee hearings, the most significant testimony against Trump was provided by many GOP leaders.

Unfortunately, the Trump era undermining of our judicial system began with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow President Obama’s nomination to proceed, thus paving the way for Trump’s 3 nominations of ideologically conservative judges who joined two others of even worst ilk in providing decisions with an iron fist against judicial restraint.

Now with Trump’s lack of integrity and his use of intimidation rampant, Trump’s formal nomination in July should further motivate voters of both parties in November not to elect Trump!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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