The nine month saga of Donald Trump's crusade to overturn an election and subvert democracy is proceeding with more humiliating consequences for Trump and his accomplices. Trump is undeterred by recent embarrassments like the revelation that he admitted to pressuring the Department of Justice to "Just Say the Election Was Corrupt," and his having claimed for himself the exclusive "right" to destroy America. The Former Guy just continues to suffer the disgrace of defeat in every legal battle he takes on.
The latest court smackdown for the Trump camp comes in the form of a sanction by a judge in Colorado. The judge lambasted Trump's attorneys for bringing a case challenging the 2020 presidential election that was “frivolous,” “not warranted by existing law” and filed “in bad faith.” As reported by the Washington Post...
"In a scathing 68-page opinion, Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter found that the lawyers made little effort to corroborate information they had included in the suit, which argued there had been a vast national conspiracy to steal the election from former president Donald Trump. [...]
"Calling the suit 'one enormous conspiracy theory,' Neureiter ordered that the duo must pay the legal fees of all the individuals and companies they had sued — 18 separate entities in all — as a way to deter future similar cases."
The judge made a point of chastising the attorneys "for quoting Trump in their legal filing," regarding a baseless claim that "voting machines manufactured by the company Dominion Voting Systems had 'deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide.'" Dominion has filed a billion dollar lawsuit against Fox News for making the same unfounded claim that this judge called "'highly disputed and inflammatory."
The bizarre lawsuit by Trump's team was filed as a class action on behalf of 160 million American voters who have not agreed to be members of the class. However the most damning criticism from the judge came when he unambiguously linked the Trump lawsuit to the riots in Washington, D.C., on January 6th:
“Albeit disorganized and fantastical, the Complaint’s allegations are extraordinarily serious and, if accepted as true by large numbers of people, are the stuff of which violent insurrections are made.”
The judge's recognition of the potential for future hostilities by a deranged faction of Trump cultists is a realistic observation of how Trump's anti-democratic tirades could get even uglier going forward. And it's significant that he's sanctioning the attorneys for their misconduct.
There must be more of this sort of punishment for lawyers who purposefully abuse the judicial system. And there must be punishment for Trump as well, whose efforts to orchestrate a coup and crown himself America's first dictator are anti-American and a clear and present danger to the nation.
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