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We have put a lot of pressure on African American female professionals to hold the line to protect the justice system and our Constitution. They have risen to the occasion admirably. We should be thankful to Judge Chutkin, Fani Willis and others.

Excellent distillation, Joyce

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He will absolutely be incapable of complying with the gag order. And I’m terrified he could win in 2024. I’ve never felt more hopeless about our government and I’ve seen a lot of government malfeasance in my lifetime.

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I think this is the very beginning of the end for Trump. It'll be slow, and frustrating, with a lot of motions and appeals, but ultimately, he'll lose. I think that's why his lawyers were playing politics in court, not using logical, legal arguments. They know he's toast. I don't think he'll win in 2024 but it won't be a slam dunk. It's also interesting that he's slurring his words more and making a lot more speaking mistakes because he's very worried about where all of these cases are heading. He's already lost the E. Jean Carroll case (the first one tried) with another one coming up soon, the NY financial crimes case is going against him, Georgia's case is around the corner and the two federal cases are moving forward.

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“As former head of government, he knows full well that the president doesn’t direct judge’s rulings in cases.“

Unless that’s what HE did. He thinks Biden does it because HE did it?

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I am sick of this unhinged thug and the Republicans who slavishly follow him. I feel like I've fallen into a time tunnel and it's 1939 Germany all over again. I am sick of reporters and media who are so dumb, they don't push back on what he says. I am sick of the constant speculation of whether he will obey a gag order or not. The man is incapable of shutting up. The judge knows this. We all know this. The question is what is she going to finally do when he crosses the line...again.

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History will judge Trump supporters poorly.

You know who else will judge them poorly? Their kids and grandkids.

"How could you have voted for that man, Gramma?"

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I am glad she made it narrow so he can continue to spout off about all the things he did that the prosecution can use in Court. He has enough rope, now so lets just sit back and watch him

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"As former head of government, he knows full well that the president doesn’t direct judge’s rulings in cases."

I honestly don't believe he does "know full well." IMO what he thinks, believes, is that when *he* wanted to direct judges' rulings their refusals to do so were acts of disloyalty, not adherence to the law or protocol. DT may be smart in a feral sense, but his denial of reality other than the one he sees means he has zero understanding of how things work other than when they're in his favor.

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He’s a total POS and the fact that three African American women are holding him accountable does my heart good. May his day in Orange arrive quickly. I’ve so longed for the day he moves to Russia or North Korea to be with his Friends.

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His negative emotional reaction to this may negatively affect his testimony in the Page/Strzok deposition. I'm most interested in what he says there.

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Such a terrifying time, so glad we have you here to explain this nightmare daily if need be. Thank you Joyce!

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Incredible what society is being forced to endure and contemplate. This gag order, in my view, falls far short of where it should be. Jack, Judge Chutkin, many, many others have personal security to keep them and their families alive. The US Marshall’s are incurred enormous costs daily and all the judges know this and yet Trump still gets to incite. It’s incredible.

His next move at incitement will be Jim Jordan. If Jordan is appointed, it is my view, that action will unleash hate and violence on behalf of Trump that will not be contained. Remember all - Jordan was a leading participant in the J6 action. Like a mob boss, Trump has numerous ways to incite and instil fear. The traditional means of protecting witnesses etc are completely ineffective.

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Oct 17, 2023·edited Oct 17, 2023

Whenever I see “Gagged” or “Gagging” in your titles, my thought is that you have finally reached your limit in TFG stunts, and it’s made you nauseously ill! 🫣

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‘ ...he knows full well that the president doesn’t direct judge’s rulings in cases.’ Nope. I’m guessing he has no real understanding of rules, laws, surrounding his tenure in the White House. I firmly believe that he was, and still is, a useful idiot for the far right.

Surely, surely, there is a legal remedy if, god forbid, he is re-elected, he cannot be, but how can he be the front runner on the right? Blows me away.

And, he will violate the gag order, likely tomorrow...

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"The consequences of violating it aren't yet clear." THIS is what I find most aggravating! Back when I taught preschool, when I was in my twenties, I learned quickly that people (children AND adults) need to know there are consequences for breaking the rules. For children, that may be a time-out. But for crying out loud, WHEN will Judge Chutkin, or one of the other judges, put it simply like this: violate this rule and you can await your trial in jail (where there are no microphones or cameras!) WHY do judges keep warning him and not giving him the consequence of his own actions? Sorry to rant, but this is so ridiculously simple! Break the rule? Go to jail. For God's sake, Judges, do us a favor and actually SHUT HIM UP. It will be safer and a hell of a lot saner. (Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!)

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Trump will test the judge and gag order. He will see how close, and slightly over the line he can go and get away with it. He will definitely violate the order and it probably won't take him too long before he does. He has no real control over that nasty mouth of his. He just can't resist name calling and abusing folks. It will be interesting to see how the judge deals with him. So far, she's been remarkable.

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