It’s always advisable to get out in front of the narrative so as to control it and that is precisely what you see happening in Trump world right now. There is fear in Trump world of a conviction. And so Trump’s best aides de camp have grouped together to form their next ploy, which is to demonize Justice Juan Merchan and make him the center of a conspiracy theory. This is vintage Trumpian behavior when faced with the consequences of his own incompetence. This is exactly what he did with Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Fauci worked for five other administrations besides Trump’s. He is the leading expert in his field in the world. And he was demonized and made into a cartoon villain and forced to hire security protection for himself and his family. This is Alina Habba getting the ball rolling to make Justice Merchan the new Dr. Fauci.

And then we get to Trump’s other sidekick, Elise Stefanik. Here’s her contribution:

Stefanik filed a misconduct complaint on Tuesday evening with the New York State Unified Court System over the assignment of Judge Juan Merchan to Trump’s “hush-money” criminal trial and other cases connected to Trump.

“If justices were indeed being randomly assigned in the Criminal Term, the probability of two specific criminal cases being assigned to the same justice is quite low, and the probability of three specific criminal cases being assigned to the same justice is infinitesimally small. And yet, we see Acting Justice Merchan on all three cases,” the complaint reads.

“The simple answer to why Acting Justice Merchan has been assigned to these cases would seem to be that whoever made the assignment intentionally selected Acting Justice Merchan to handle them to increase the chance that Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, and Steven Bannon would ultimately be convicted,” the complaint adds.

You see where this is going. It’s all a vast conspiracy against Donald Trump. But these good women are going to come forward to speak truth to power because one is making millions of dollars off him and the other wants to be his vice president. I truly think Stefanik lost her mind some time back, but power is not only an aphrodisiac, it apparently can act as a paralytic. Stefanik either cannot be thinking straight with respect to Trump, or she’s so craven and evil herself that she actually belongs on his ticket. Trump/Stefanik could truly be a match made in Hell. And maybe that’s the match we’re going to see, although Doug Bergum’s money sure looks good and either Tim Scott or Marco Rubio could maybe get him some minority votes. At least that’s the theory.

She is requesting the court system’s inspector general and the New York State commission on judicial conduct investigate Merchan’s assignments. Merchan will also be presiding over criminal cases against the Trump Organization and prominent Trump ally Steve Bannon.

Merchan previously donated to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and his daughter is a Democratic strategist whose clients have fundraised off the Trump prosecution. Last week, Stefanik filed an ethics complaint against Merchan based on his partisan allegiances and a potential conflict of interest stemming from his daughter’s career.

This is the play, folks. If the denizens of Trump world weren’t mighty convinced that their Mango Messiah was about to get convicted you would not see them going for the judge’s jugular. They need a fall guy, like Trump needed a fall guy back in 2020 to mask his utter incompetence in dealing with COVID-19. Justice Merchan has drawn the short straw. He has all my sympathy.

Right-wing media is already reporting that Lauren Merchan has made $93 million from her job working for Democrats. I would like to see some evidence of that. I’d like to see some evidence of any of it, the vast conspiracy to assign various cases to Merchan’s caseload, in particular.

Of course the simple answer to this situation is to accept the possibility that Trump is guilty as charged and found to be so by a jury of his peers, based upon the evidence. But why look for simple reasons for anything when there’s a conspiracy theory to be cobbled together?


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  1. The projection is obvious.
    Why does no-one ask for an inquiry into Jarvanka’s billions?
    Their accusations of corruption reveal their own mindsets and modi operandi.

  2. For once the fascist ex-mayor of NYC and I agree. They have lots of theories but no evidence. Or, as Bob Dylan sang in Idiot Wind, “their minds are full of big ideas, images, and distorted facts.”

    • Did it ever occur to you that the judge isn’t the one who decides if the accused is guilty or not?

      It’s the JURY who do that – the judge simply hands down the sentence after they consider the evidence.

      Oh and, in case it escaped you, Merchan was appointed by a REPUBLICAN

  3. If the judge is truly vindictive, he’ll give Trump at least 30 days in jail for needing a gag order to protect his daughter.

    There’s a country in Scotland that hopes that Ms. Carroll will be the new owner of a couple of golf courses.

  4. Funny how these conspiracy theorists don’t seem to have a problem with the stolen documents case in Florida is being overseen by a (blatantly) pro-Trump judge.

  5. ‘But these good women are going to . . .’–don’t you mean ‘these lying skank whores for tRump’? Bad enough when men are cheap shills for Donnie Dungheap, but it really gauls me when women do it considering his predatory and violent behavior towards so many of them. How meager does your self-respect and soul have to be to serve this foul POS?


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