Now that one of the 2 million Democrat prosecutors chasing Donald Trump has filed a court motion to make it illegal for him to talk about the election, is it okay to laugh anytime Joe Biden frames 2024 as a referendum on “democracy”?
Monday night would have been a good time to exercise that rule. Speaking at a fundraising event on Broadway, the president told “FOLKS!” in attendance that he’s running for reelection because “democracy is at stake” and “on the ballot once again.”
It’s gotten so corny, and yet if there weren’t pollsters, consultants, and all of the media telling every Democrat in the country that it’s a line that works for their voters, he wouldn’t be saying it.
Yet, it’s Democrats who come up with a new way to shut down the few remaining options and avenues the American public has to express their opinions and choices on virtually everything. They do it on the daily. Just last week, Special Counsel Jack Smith requested that a federal judge in Washington, D.C., place a gag order that would prevent Trump from disparaging Smith’s Jan. 6-related case against him, even in political terms.
“[T]he defendant has repeatedly and widely disseminated public statements attacking the citizens of the District of Columbia, the Court, prosecutors, and prospective witnesses,” Smith wrote in the filing. “Through his statements, the defendant threatens to undermine the integrity of these proceedings and prejudice the jury pool…”
He asserted that Trump has a “history of inflammatory and misleading statements” that “would cause others to harass and harm perceived critics or adversaries.” One of those supposedly dangerous statements was a social media post wherein Trump said, “Joe Biden directed his Attorney General to prosecute his rival. This is not an independent Justice Department, this is not an independent special counsel. This is being directed by the Commander-in-Chief.”
Smith said that remark was made “without any basis,” even as none other than the New York Times wrote in April last year for its millions of readers — does Jack Smith have a subscription? — that Biden has told his associates he wants indictments against his predecessor and that he wanted his attorney general “to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events of Jan. 6.”
It wouldn’t be until seven months later that Trump would launch his own reelection campaign, but everyone knew he was going to do it, and everyone knew that when he did, he would instantly become the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
That’s the context dismissed by Jack Smith as “without any basis.”
The motion comes just a month after the judge in the case, Tanya Chutkan, has already sided with Smith on a similar motion regarding “inflammatory statements.” She said there were limits to what Trump could say “whether it will affect a political campaign on either side.” In essence: Even if Trump’s campaign is partly or wholly about the case against him, he can’t talk about it.
When Democrats aren’t limiting what Trump can talk about in a national election, they’re trying to get his name removed from state ballots. When they’re not doing that, they’re suppressing what their dissenters can say on the Internet. When they’re not doing that, they’re trying to shrink the Internet by icing out would-be customers from renting space.
If you don’t agree with Democrats on anything, what are you supposed to do? Where are you supposed to go?
Democracy really is at stake. Biden and his party are working to eliminate it as an option altogether.
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