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Blue Laws for Red Citizens

One state prosecutor and one civilian plaintiff have already won huge fines and damages from Donald Trump that may, with legal costs, exceed $500 million.

Trump awaits further civil and criminal liability in three other federal, state, and local indictments.

There are eerie commonalities in all these five court cases involving plaintiff E. Jean Carroll, Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, New York Attorney General Letitia James, federal special counsel Jack Smith, and Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis.

One, they are either unapologetically left-wing or associated with liberal causes. They filed their legal writs in big-city, left-wing America—Atlanta, New York, Washington—where liberal judges and jury pools predominate in a manner not characteristic of the country at large.

Two, they are overtly political. Bragg, James, and Willis have either campaigned for office or raised campaign funds by promising to get or even destroy Donald Trump.

Carroll’s suit was funded by left-wing billionaire Reid Hoffman.

Smith sued to rush his court schedule in hopes of putting Trump on trial before the November election.

Three, there would not be any of these cases had Donald Trump not run for the presidency or not been a conservative.

Carroll’s suit bypassed statute of limitation restrictions by prompting the intervention of a left-wing New York legislator. He passed a special bill, allowing a one-year window to waive the statute of limitations for sexual assault claims from decades past.

Until Trump, no New York prosecutor like James had ever filed a civil suit against a business for allegedly overvaluing real estate assets to obtain loans that bank auditors approved and were paid back in full, on time, and with sizable interest profits to the lending institutions.

Alvin Bragg bootstrapped a Trump private non-disclosure agreement into a federal campaign violation in a desperate effort to find something on Trump.

Smith is also charging Trump with insurrectionary activity. But Trump had never been so charged with insurrection, much less convicted of it.

Willis strained to find a way to criminalize Trump’s complaints about his loss of Georgia in the 2020 national election. She finally came up with a racketeering charge, usually more applicable to mafiosi and drug cartels.

Four, in all these cases, the charges could have been equally applicable to fellow left-wing public figures and officials.

Joe Biden, like Trump, was accused of sexual assault decades earlier by former staffer Tara Reade. Yet Reade was torn apart by the media and the left for inconsistencies in her memory. By contrast, the wildly inconsistent and amnesiac E. Jean Carroll won $83 million from Trump.

Jack Smith created the precedent of charging former president Trump for unlawfully removing classified files to his private residence.

But the government simultaneously did not charge Joe Biden for similar offenses. Yet Biden had removed files not for two years but for more than 30. He stored them not in one location but several.

His rickety garage was a mess, not a secure family compound like Trump’s estate. Moreover, Biden did so while a senator and vice president, without any presidential authority to declassify almost any presidential document he wished.

Biden never came forward to report the crime for over thirty years—until Trump was charged. Indeed, he was caught on tape six years ago, admitting to his ghostwriter that he possessed classified files but never reported it.

Bragg might have noticed that both Hillary Clinton (fined $113,000) and Barack Obama (fined $350,000) broke campaign financing laws. Neither was subject to federal criminal charges by local prosecutors.

An array of left-wing celebrities, politicians, 2004 House Members, former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have all recently challenged elections. They sought either to delay or redo ballot counting or, on the federal level, to sidetrack electors to ignore popular votes in their respective states.

These lawfare cases are part of other efforts that were highly partisan and without merit. Recall the Trump “Russian collusion” hoax and the “Russian disinformation” laptop farce.

In another first, some blue states are suing to take Trump’s name off the ballot for “insurrection,” a crime for which he has never been charged.

Total up the deaths, damage, and length of the summer 2020 Antifa/BLM riots. Then compare the tally to the one-day January 6 riot.

The former proved far more lethal, long-lasting, and destructive. Yet very few of the 14,000 arrested rioters in 2020 were ever prosecuted, much less convicted.

By contrast, the Biden administration sought to jail hundreds for crimes allegedly committed on January 6, such as “illegal parading.”

We are entering a dangerous era in America.

Ideology and party affiliations increasingly determine guilt and punishment. Opponents are first targeted, and then laws are twisted and redefined to convict them.

The left is waging lawfare with the implicit message to political opponents: either keep quiet or suffer the consequences.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004, and is the 2023 Giles O'Malley Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing almonds on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author of the just released New York Times best seller, The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation, published by Basic Books on May 7, 2024, as well as the recent  The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump, and The Dying Citizen.

Photo: Waterford Township, Mich - February 17 : Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump walks out to speak at a Get Out The Vote campaign rally held in Waterford Township, Mich on Saturday, Feb 17, 2024. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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  1. Great summation of the lawfare against American citizens and their chosen representative, Donald Trump.

    Now, what do we do about it? And if the answer is do the same to them, unfortunately that won’t work. This has nothing to do with the “law”, but everything to do with war.

    We are in the midst of a war we refuse to see and are reluctant to fight. The left is using the thinnest veneer of the “law” to tactically wage this war–and they are winning.

    Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

  2. Genesis 1:26 - 28
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil , who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately on our collective journey of turning up into down, of black into white, and evil into good. Nietzsche believed that man could only reach his full potential by completely abandoning the concept of good and evil. So I wonder where do we really stand? Have we reversed the concept or have we abandoned it entirely? I still don’t know.

    What I do know is that without a clear understanding of the penalties of eschewing good and embracing evil (as good), the barriers against total anarchy have been removed.

    Using Newton’s Third Law as premise, the greater the force towards a Utopia, the greater the force towards Dystopia. The Left, by re-writing law, by mis-using law, and by ignoring law use law as its primary tool to force society into its Leftist version of Utopia----a Utopia where crime no longer exists because laws against crime no longer exist. It then becomes a society where law enforcement is used to punish the law abiding and reward the law breaking.

    So, according to Genesis 1: 26 we are at “X” on the map. We are in the time of “woe” versus “whoa”. It appears too late to stop what’s next. Many commenters on this site have written for quite some time about the dangers we face if a course reversal cannot be achieved. I’m afraid a reversal is no longer possible.

    Even if Donald Trump is re-elected, even if voters gave the Republican Party a clear majority in the House and Senate, I sincerely doubt much will be changed. Republican leadership, by and large, do not seem interested in doing what would be necessary—the complete disassembly of the bureaucratic state—to get us off of “X” and back on any road to recovery. They are too invested in preserving their own cheese to be worried about the cheese of others.

    So in this time of woe, it is up to us to preserve what good we can and be unbending in the face of evil. We cannot depend on others to do it for us. Perhaps in this way we can be the candles bringing light upon the darkness.

  3. Yep, armed gangs ruled the streets of Rome during Cicero’s time. I see today as no different.

  4. 5 million Americans, $100 each, would, in my opinion, be an appropriate response to their law fare.
    Their response to it would be pure gold.

    But we don’t seem to have anyone on the right willing to lead, to organize.

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    The war that is needed is a war between the states and the District of Columbia. And the first thing is to do what any leader would do to other nations which are enemies. Boycott their services and products, sue them, prosecute them, avoid them geographically when protesting, and arrest any BLM and Antifa protesting in friendly states.

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