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Can front-runner Trump survive this sinister clampdown on his free speech?


TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott has become the seventh state governor to endorse Donald Trump in his race to become Republican nominee for President of the United States. He joins Mike DunleavyGovernor of AlaskaSarah Huckabee Sanders, Arkansas, Jim JusticeWest VirginiaHenry McMasterSouth CarolinaKristi NoemSouth Dakota and Tate ReevesMississippi

Ron DeSantis meanwhile has attracted the support of only one, Kim ReynoldsGovernor of Iowa. A quick look down their respective endorsement totals, DeSantis here and Trump here, and you can see Trump’s a shoo-in. The latest polls show him way out in the lead too. 

But all that success and head start is brutally offset by the restrictions on free speech confronting him if he gets through – by, in short, the Democrat forces at work determined to prevent him being a viable candidate or ideally see him under lock and key.

To understand the enormity of it I recommend turning to the Epoch Times which recently set out the five things you need to know about the controversial gagging orders the former President faces plus the multiple indictments which they say are likely to influence public perception in his presidential campaign. You can read the article here. 

The one to have received most attention recently perhaps is US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s unprecedented gag order which restricts President Trump’s ability to speak about the 2020 election interference case against him that she is overseeing – this is the one that accuses him of trying to overturn the election results. Graciously she has allowed him still to criticise the Biden administration ‘generally’ and his GOP rivals for their ‘campaign platforms or policies’.  

Well worth a read too is the National Review’s damning summary her decision here

‘That the judge felt it necessary to include that proviso in her order tells you all you need to know about her ill-advised, quite possibly unconstitutional attempt to police Trump’s speech about the case. It goes far further than necessary to protect against speech targeting non-public figures such as court clerks or jurors. 

‘The prosecution against Trump is unavoidably political. Everything from the 2020 election, Trump’s conduct in its aftermath, and his prosecution is a matter of intense political debate. The case itself involves the sitting president’s administration prosecuting his potential opponent over the endgame of their prior election contest. The topic of the trial was already the subject of widely publicized congressional hearings held by the president’s party in the city where the trial will be held, and was the centerpiece of that party’s multi-million-dollar TV ad campaigns throughout 2022. But now Trump — but not Biden — is to be gagged.’

A further article by David Graham in the Atlantic sets out the detail of the ‘91 felony counts across two state courts and two different federal districts Trump faces, any of which could potentially produce a prison sentence’. Trump as he reports is also dealing with a civil suit in New York ‘that could force drastic changes to his business empire, including closing down its operations in his home state’. Yet, he is the leading Republican candidate in the race to become the next president – though lawsuits in several states seek to have him disqualified from the presidency. He warns that if the criminal and civil cases unfold with any reasonable timeliness, ‘he could be in the heat of the campaign trail at the same time that his legal fate is being decided’. 

Which of course is exactly what the Democrats want to achieve. There was mention in a BBC report that gag orders had been paused. I couldn’t see that confirmed elsewhere. It is going to be hard to keep up and I am not relying on the UK media. Trumps attorneys must be working overtime against this extraordinary concerted attempt – driven by the man who is likely to be his opponent – to silence him before the race has even started. It’s a terrible indictment of America’s politicised and corrupted legal system, of the swamp he never got rid of.


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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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