On October 3rd, Judge Arthur Engoron ordered former president Donald Trump to be gagged on speaking out about him or any of his staff. This order comes on the heels of Trump’s post on Truth Social, where he identified the judge’s principal clerk.
According to The Hill, Engoton said the post was a “disparaging, untrue, and personally-identifying post” concerning a member of his staff and ordered it be removed. “Personal attacks on members of my court staff are not appropriate and I will not tolerate it under any circumstance.”
The post in question was an image of principal law clerk Allison Greenfield alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. In the caption, Trump implied that she and Schumer were currently dating, calling her his “girlfriend.” Special Counsel Jack Smith has been pushing to gag Trump completely.
“The defendant should not be permitted to continue to try this case in the court of public opinion rather than in the court of law, and thereby undermine the fairness and integrity of this proceeding.” Smith’s claims of Trump attempting to make this a public opinion case came on September 29th when he initially pushed for a gag order.
The idea that there is no reason to allow Trump to speak his mind is ludicrous. No matter the charges, the man is still protected by the Second Amendment. If you want to ensure a fair trial then perhaps people like Smith and others need to silence their opinions on what a former president has to say while being brought up on trumped-up (pun intended) charges in a Mickey Mouse circus like this. This isn’t worth his time or energy anyways. Especially as he has other more pressing issues on his plate.