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Democrats Turn Lawfare Into a Campaign Ad

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024
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President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign has released a new ad that synopsizes the Democratic effort to use criminal charges and lawsuits against former President Donald Trump. “In the courtroom, we see Donald Trump for who he is,” the ad begins. “He’s been convicted of 34 felonies. Found liable for sexual assault. And he committed financial fraud.” Trump, the ad continues, is a “convicted criminal,” while Biden is “a president who’s fighting for your family.”

Maybe there were times when you wondered what accounted for the swarm of legal attacks on Trump, coming from elected Democratic prosecutors and appointees of the Biden Justice Department, in late 2022 and 2023. Part of it was delayed gratification; many Democrats had long been itching to go after Trump legally, but as long as he was president of the United States, until Jan. 20, 2021, that was hard to do.

But a larger reason was the coming 2024 presidential campaign. By the middle of 2022, it was clear that Trump intended to run for his old office again. For a moment, the impressive reelection victory of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November 2022 appeared to set up a primary contest between the two men, but DeSantis faltered. Trump always had the support of a majority of Republicans, and as the months went by, his strength in the GOP nominating contest grew and grew.

That’s where the Democratic strategy came in. In September 2022, the elected Democratic attorney general of New York, Letitia James, filed a massive lawsuit against Trump, seeking to destroy his business and extract hundreds of millions of dollars from him by accusing Trump of committing financial fraud by overvaluing his real estate properties.

In November 2022, the writer E. Jean Carroll, who in 2019 accused Trump of defamation, filed a second lawsuit against Trump, this one accusing him of rape. The accusation was decades past the statute of limitations, but Carroll, using a special one-time-only New York me-too law, got in just under the line to allege that Trump attacked her sometime in the 1990s. She had never reported or publicly mentioned the event until she began selling a book in 2019. 

In March 2023, the elected Democratic district attorney of Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, employed a rarely used legal maneuver to turn an out-of-date misdemeanor allegation into 34 felony counts against the former president. In June 2023, Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by the Biden Justice Department to investigate Trump, indicted Trump on 40 felony counts in the classified records case. In August 2023, Smith indicted Trump again, this time on four felony counts related to the 2020 election and Jan. 6. And then, in August 2023, Fani Willis, the elected Democratic district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, indicted Trump on 13 felony counts related to the 2020 election.

It was a multiple-redundant attack. That is, if one prong of the effort failed, or became mired in legal procedure, there were others ready to go forward. The first success was the E. Jean Carroll suit, in which a jury, guided by a judge whose decisions made Trump’s defense difficult, found Trump liable for the decades-old allegation of “sexual abuse” against Carroll. Trump was ordered to pay Carroll more than $83 million in damages. That allowed the Biden commercial to say Trump was found liable for “sexual assault.” (The actual verdict was “sexual abuse,” but perhaps the Biden admakers thought “sexual assault” sounded better.) 

The next hit was the Letitia James lawsuit. It was, in the eyes of some experts, a weak case, certainly not worthy of the penalties sought, but under New York law, Trump did not have the right to a jury trial. Another judge who made Trump’s defense difficult decided Trump was liable and ordered him to pay a jaw-dropping $354 million in damages, even though no victim of Trump’s alleged corrupt scheme was ever identified. That allowed the Biden commercial to say Trump “committed financial fraud.” 

The lawsuits paved the way for the Biden campaign to make two critical claims in the ad. But after that, things began to slow down. The special counsel’s documents case became mired in questions of evidence, procedure, and other issues. There is very little chance it will come to trial, and zero chance it will be concluded, before the election. Smith’s 2020/J6 case has slowed down because some of the special counsel’s charges are so aggressive that the Supreme Court decided to rule on Trump’s defenses. The court’s opinions are expected soon, but there appears to be no way the case could go to trial before the election. And in Georgia, Fani Willis case is disintegrating over the prosecutor’s misconduct. It might never come to trial.

But the Bragg case managed to avoid procedural pitfalls and go to trial starting in April. Now, with Trump’s conviction on 34 counts, it has paid off beyond measure for the Biden campaign. Trump, the ad says, is a “convicted criminal” who was “convicted of 34 felonies” – the claim that makes up the centerpiece of the ad. (The ad shows Trump’s infamous mug shot, which actually came from the Georgia case, but the ad isn’t too fastidious about the details.)

So the new ad is made possible by the Democratic attack on Trump, successes that all happened to originate with Democrats in New York – the Carroll case, the James lawsuit and the Bragg prosecution. Together, the cases gave Biden admakers the material they needed to frame the campaign as a choice between a convicted criminal and a president who is working hard for you. It could not be better timed for a president struggling in the polls. The race is beginning to peak, with the run-up to the first debate and the Republican Convention approaching – and now an elaborate campaign of lawfare is paying off at just the right time.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

Reprinted with Permission from CFIF.org – By Byron York

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PaulE
PaulE
1 month ago

I guarantee you that these attack ads were already being produced well before any of the outcomes of these so-called trials were done. They just had to hold off releasing them until at least some of the verdicts were publicly announced. The whole point of all the Trump trials is so the DNC could run these specific sorts of ads non-stop around the country between now and election day to influence the ignorant, uniformed voters who sit transfixed before their TVs.

Let
Let
1 month ago

Even if Trump wins in all appeals cases, the damage has been done. I’m still voting for Trump, no matter what.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago

The Democrat Party is so disgusting and vile, it cannot even qualify as a good third world Banana Republic dictatorship. Their hatred for Donald Trump and this country is beyond belief. They need to be declared a domestic terrorist organization and made illegal.

Myrna
Myrna
1 month ago

This novel approach to attack would not even be possible without brainwashing voters. This is Nineteen eighty-four in real time.

Cindy
Cindy
1 month ago

Biden is a perpetual liar about everything he says and does. He has committed numerous acts of treason, and multiple criminal acts. This is the Democratic nominee. The choice is yours.

Marta
Marta
1 month ago

I wonder if we should be calling that Party the Democratic Party, or rather the Socialist Party. Its practices are clearly Socialist, Stalin like doctrine. The political persecution of President Trump illustrates this very clearly: The judges that have participated in the witch hunt are a carbon copy of Lavrenti Beria, the pedophile rapist assassin that used to say “Give me the man, and I will give you the crime”.

Pete from St Pete
Pete from St Pete
1 month ago

The shame of adds like this is there are millions of apathetic voters who will hear them and accept them as gospel truth. They will be too busy watching reruns to investigate whether the ads are true. Rule of thumb for all voters: DO NOT ACCEPT ANY AD FROM ANY PARTY THAT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS TRUE unless you double check them from other sources.

Sudden
Sudden
1 month ago

So obvious with all this nonsense is that the Dems have been cheating all along, they got bolder and bolder until the Hillary campaign when they were caught. Now the game is to throw as much poop against the wall in the hopes of distracting from their shenanigans, see January 6th. When President Trump prevails in November watch them plead that he’s just retaliating against them. This pathetic nonsense is of the Third World. America was on cruise control when the Clintons came along; it has been derailing ever since. What recent events have elicited in me is a doubt about elections going back to Dewey then Kennedy. Could this be because we have thrown Christianity to the wolves?

uncleferd
uncleferd
1 month ago

The bottom line – “Democrats” recognized, before 2016, that Donald Trump was smart enough to provide governance that was much more effective, and much more beneficial to private citizens and average voters, than their own form of governance… so they decided to try to destroy him.
First, they slandered him with the “Russia Collusion” hoax, while having Director Comey’s people lie to the FISA Court to illegally enable surveillance of his 2016 campaign.
Next, in 2020, they “won” when they stuffed ballot boxes with fake mail-ins, and did illegal, unsupervised “vote counts” at polling places with zero republican poll watchers.
Now, the “Democrats” have resorted to having highly questionable, or downright phony, charges brought against Trump, in Democrat-controlled courtrooms, in order to convict him before the ’24 elections.
The “Democrats” reasons for bringing charges against Trump are obvious, their motivations are corrupt, and the outcomes they pursue are disgusting.
The “Democrats” aren’t engaged in any legitimate sense. They are charlatans who are only interested in voter fraud, and taking what is not theirs.

Frespe
Frespe
1 month ago

The more the left tries to discredit President Trump, the more his followers are encouraged to vote for him. The Democratic Party has devolved into an anti-American, Socialist, anti-Christian party that promotes depravity epitomized in the Democratic Party’s choice of Presidential candidate Biden.

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

The dems with the ultra left and the elites have been after the Reps since 2008. The dems want total control. And this lawfare started after they couldn’t sell the Russian collusion in 2016 nor the fake laptop in 2020. Everything has been proven to be lies. Obiden lied from day one. They care more for the millions that invaded our country than the legitimate citizens of this country. Ukraine gets support, Hamas has a foothold in this country and is supported by Obiden 100%. They just let 31 demonstrators go free while Trump didn’t do any crime. That crime is in Alvin Braggs mind. Vote Trump lest you will be arrested come Jan 2025.

Elizabeth Cheever
Elizabeth Cheever
1 month ago

Joe Biden and his Dems are political kids all caught with their hands in the cookie jar!! They are out to kill, steal, and destroy America and her citizens! What is truly shameless is that all the games they are playing to execute this destruction are without conscience. These people are degenerates (slightly below Hillary’s “deplorables”). The Jean Carroll chapter against President Trump was right out of the playbook of Christine Ford they pulled out of their hat to go after Justice Bret Kavanaugh. What a joke that was. Neither woman is a good actress! This garbage should never be involved in even the political arena of this country. Please don’t get me going on the media and the stupid ads.
The weaponization of our Justice Department is just plain evil! Joe Biden is in cognitive trouble. Jill and the Dems are in denial. The freeze-ups that he demonstrates appear just like the freeze-up moments my husband had when he was having TIA’s during his years struggling with dementia. All is crap going on in this country is ethically sick and MORALLY sicker! I am sorry to have to say this but I am ashamed of our so-called president and the democratic party. I say the latter as a citizen of this country, born and raised here. I am proud that I am an American, just ashamed of our leadership. I implore every American citizen to vote for President Donald Trump if you want the real America back! May God Bless America, President Donald Trump and those who will be serving the American people with him.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Awesome! Now… Trump can make an ad telling how Manhattan DA Fatazz Bragg goes after him but drops ALL CHARGES from vandalism, arson, unlawful detention, and assault on a peace officer, et cetera, against those little Democrat Stormtroopers who “occupied” the building at Columbia University last month in the name of Hamas.

Lawrence Dean
Lawrence Dean
1 month ago

Backfired too!

FedUp
FedUp
1 month ago

34 counts of ledger entries that said “Legal Fees” instead of “Reimbursement”.
This is what the ridiculous felonies boil down to.

Grace
Grace
1 month ago

When is Joe Biden, the liar in Chief going to be prosecuted for treason? The harm done to America by this nasty, vile crude politician knows no bounds. Now, with the rape of 12 and thirteen year old children the slaughter of the incents knows no bounds. The Democrats reign of terror has begun.

Andre Bixby
Andre Bixby
1 month ago

One cannot call President Trump a convicted felon when you understand the kangaroo court(s) that these “convictions” culminated from. The instigators and the officials operating in this joke of legal proceedings are the real criminals and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Fines to cover the entire cost of the fiasco, loss of positions and licenses, and made to serve time in correctional institutions in facilities located in rural America, run by the middle class.

Staber
Staber
1 month ago

Keep in mind the day that the pseudo guilty verdict was announced for the sham charges, fundraising levels for trump went through the roof. Unless you’ve got terminal TDS, you know what this whole lawfare play has been all about since the Russian collusion lie. In the eyes of the majority the Democrats are beating a dead verdict. The more they do it, the more they annoy and alienate. It’s all they’ve got, the Hail Mary (sorry you Godless) play.
BTW, the Teamsters union has just agreed to speak at the Republican Convention. Unprecedented.
Let’s not get cocky!

Adonis
Adonis
1 month ago

And hopefully after election president Trump will show us who corrupt to the bone entire Biden family is. This law-fare can now work both ways, the left opened he door for it.

Joanne4justice
Joanne4justice
1 month ago

The Dems, especially LEFT RADICAL Dems ate desperate to win and conquer AMERICA TO SHAPE AND MOLD AMERICANS TO their UNR EALISTIC STANDARDS!! This situation, is a national political crisis. An American native citizen’s rights and freedoms are being USURPED.!!!!! By these organized perpetrators! Folks, just open your eyes and take a GOOD LOOK AT THE RADICAL CHANGES IN OUR GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE!!! I WILL Never ever vote for a Dem politician.!!!

C,

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Can RNC counter??
Make=

Deplorable Too
Deplorable Too
1 month ago

Alvin Bragg Can Definitely Effect Foggy, Groundless, Hypocritic
Ideologies Justifying Knowledgeable Measures Nothing Of
Practical Quality, Really, Since Terrifyingly Unverified
Validations Would (E) Xpediently Yield Zero. 
 
Translation: Alvin ultimately bragged about his choreographed
claims and hopes no one connects the dots.

Allen J. Frankel
Allen J. Frankel
1 month ago

The Democrat Party has turned the USA into a “Third World Country / Banana Republic”. Joseph Stalin, if he were still alive, would grant his “Seal of Approval” concerning the various “Show Trials / Lawfare” being brought against Donald Trump by Blue State Democrat Party Prosecutors. These efforts are very clearly “Election Interference”.

Barrett T Smith
Barrett T Smith
1 month ago

Anyone who has any sense will see this as cheap political theater.

Lisa
Lisa
28 days ago

Clarify what sex assault DJT has been held liable for, please. All I have heard is that he lost a civil suit for deformation of character. No assault charge.

Mitch
Mitch
28 days ago

I think the voters’ minds are made up. Everyone knows it’s all BS. WE’LL SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER.

Jerry_M_Tx
Jerry_M_Tx
28 days ago

What i would like to know is why haven’t Red State Attorneys General been going after Democrats? I’m sure there are plenty of actual crimes they could (and should) be prosecuting.

Ken
Ken
28 days ago

“Biden is “a president who’s fighting for your family.”? Not my family for sure.

Judith Gregory
Judith Gregory
28 days ago

What a bunch of venomous vipers! They point a finger at others, but neglect to notice there are three fingers pointing back at them! They seek the minor things, make them into something major, get their ‘panties in a knot’, storm around trying to defend their errant perceptions and ideas, get mad that they are ‘found out’, and after they’ve created the ‘monster’ they make themselves into the victims!!! How convoluted is that?!?!? “Lord, what fools these mortals be.” Apropos; thank you William Shakespeare.

Commentary
Commentary
29 days ago

Brazen and heinous esp. as Biden now has a 3xfelon in his family and often living in the WH! And those felonies were for drugs and guns, much more serious than anything the President Trump was accused of doing. What utter hypocrisy and cojones of the Democrats to dare to spread this filth.

Moonpup
Moonpup
1 month ago

Biden is “a president who’s fighting for your family.”..Shouldn’t that be “a president who’s fighting to fondle your family”? Jus’ askin’

Allen J. Frankel
Allen J. Frankel
1 month ago

I have read every single comment here, and am pleased to report that there are still plenty of American Patriots among us. Hopefully, 50% of the voters in the USA will Wake Up, before its too late. If Biden Wins the November Election, the USA will become a Communist Dictatorship with Permanent One-Party Rule.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Over iunflated prices is normal bus8ness. . AQlways price your p4roduct high. Kyle L. Anyone cdan tell you ,you can always drop your price, but u cannot raise it back up.

Jeannie Huppert
Jeannie Huppert
26 days ago

Maude’s words are so very true, so many times in these 2020s: “God WILL Get you for that!” Just wait & see & hear. The exposings of sooooooooooooooooooooooooo many things left woke demoncrats did has already begun to be published.

Cher
Cher
27 days ago

It’s clear reading these comments that America IS NOT BUYING what the Dems are SELLING. There are just TOO MANY GOOD REASONS to LOVE TRUMP. The Main one is HE TELLS America THE TRUTH! How we MISS THAT!!! And Dems seem to have NO IDEA how ALL of what they’ve done is going to backfire on THEM come the Election of a Real President who actually KNOWS what the job IS – and DOES IT!

American Farmer
American Farmer
28 days ago

There is that old saying, it goes like this, “it’s not over until the fat lady sings”! In this case the fat lady represents us, We The People of The United States of America! This is we’re the rubber meets the road. If we fail to get our side out to vote then a civil war can be expected. Not a pretty sight or thought at all. But our survival depends on a victory for Trump. The planet and everyone on it is at stake.

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