Trumpworld begins to face its worst enemy: reality

Trumpworld begins to face its worst enemy: reality

In court last week, former President Donald Trump and others in his orbit were forced to confront their worst enemy: reality. And the results were devastating for them.

Time and time again, we have seen Trump and his supporters forced to face unvarnished and legally inconvenient truths about their conduct, marking both a departure from the alternate realities they have established for themselves and their arrival in the real world – with all its legal ramifications.

Trump’s legal woes are the clearest of all, and his ego has recently been severely beaten in court. Wednesday was particularly difficult.

On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil court case alleging years of fraud, further eroding Trump’s portrayal of himself and his eldest children as businessmen. elite and serious.

And things have been just as grim considering his classified documents scandal.

Also on Wednesday, a federal appeals court overturned a judge’s preposterous decision to bar investigators from reviewing classified documents seized from Trump’s estate in Florida, leaving the wheels spinning for a criminal investigation that could put the former president or members of his entourage in hot water. … except prison.

Trump’s schemes to avoid a criminal investigation, including his decision to have the documents scrutinized to see if Trump could claim privilege over them, have been significantly weakened over the past week. Because these attempts are rooted in Trump’s dubious claims that he retained president-level power (such as executive privilege) after leaving the White House, it’s safe to assume that it was reduced somewhat. The emperor has lost his clothes.

But Trump is not the only one in the MAGA movement to have seen his bubble burst in court.

Earlier this week, a judge rejected efforts by right-wing conspiracy theorist and TV salesman Mike Lindell to dismiss a lawsuit against him filed by Smartmatic, an election tech company that Lindell said was involved in a conspiracy aimed at stealing the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. . Lindell has continued to push baseless election lies since Trump lost to Biden. But the surge in civil cases against him stemming from his campaign claims — as well as the FBI seizing his phone as part of a criminal investigation into alleged election interference in Colorado — inject a dose of reality into the fictional world in which he lives. and his fellow Trumpists are the saviors of democracy.

And on Monday, a Georgia court filing relating to an alleged election interference case revealed that a Republican county official may have lied about his role in allowing a Trump-allied company to access voter data from the election. 2020 presidential.

This official, Cathy Latham, was the chairwoman of the Coffee County GOP in Georgia and is known for submitting fake electoral votes to Congress that falsely declared Trump the winner of the 2020 election. Latham claimed she was not ‘personally involved’ in the company’s access to voter data, but newly released footage shows she spent hours with company agents in an area of ​​the Coffee County Elections office that was reserved for authorized persons. officials. A lawyer for Latham denied any wrongdoing that day.

As I’ve written before, the Latham revelations appear to be a very rich turn of events, given that Trump supporters like her have argued it was Democrats who were filmed interfering in Georgia’s 2020 election.

The Trump team has been allowed to create fantasy narratives like these, portraying themselves as protagonists, for most of the past two years. This is largely due to the apparent stagnation of cases involving them. But these cases are growing now, and the picture we see shows the MAGA movement in a host of legal troubles.

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