Donald Trump's Attacks on Family: A Path to Downfall?



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Donald Trump's Attacks on Family: A Path to Downfall?
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In recent developments, former President Donald Trump's persistent targeting of two Black election workers, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, has escalated despite their exposure to severe threats from his supporters.

This ongoing saga, marked by allegations of racial and violent harassment, has become a significant element in Trump's impending election fraud trial. Trump, known for his controversial and often divisive rhetoric, has singled out Freeman and Moss in his claims of a stolen 2020 election.

According to recent court filings, he intensified his accusations after their testimony before the January 6 committee, labeling them as key figures in an alleged fraudulent voting scheme in Atlanta. This high-stakes legal battle takes a new turn with the prosecutor's intent to introduce evidence regarding the treatment of Freeman and Moss.

The implication of Trump's remarks inciting racist abuse looms over his trial in Washington, D.C., set to commence in March 2024.

Pre-Trial Accusations Revealed

The pre-trial process has seen prosecutors outline various "bad acts" by Trump, not formally charged, to bolster their case.

Senior Assistant Special Counsel Molly Gaston emphasized in a court filing that Trump continued his baseless allegations against the two election workers, fully aware of the false nature and the dangerous repercussions they faced.

Gaston's submission to Judge Tanya Chutkan details the "graphic testimony" by Freeman and Moss about the threats and harassment following Trump's and his associates' accusations. Trump's response, according to Gaston, was to renew his attacks on the election workers on platforms like Truth Social, further aggravating the situation.

The prosecution argues that Trump has a history of attributing unfavorable election results to fraud, citing his statements during the 2016 presidential campaign. Conversely, Trump's spokesman, Steven Cheung, dismissed the allegations as desperate attempts by political adversaries to undermine Trump's influence in the political arena.

The charges against Trump include conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, and efforts to hinder the peaceful transfer of power, all of which he has denied. Complicating matters, a Georgia judge has found Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani guilty of defaming Freeman and Moss, with a jury set to decide on damages.

Giuliani had falsely accused them of illegal activities in the 2020 election. Central to the trial is a January 2021 phone call, where Trump mentioned Freeman multiple times while pressuring Georgia officials to overturn the state's election results.

During this call, he labeled Freeman as a key player in vote manipulation. The case further intensifies as reports surface of Trump supporters targeting Moss' family with racially charged threats, adding another layer of gravity to the proceedings against the former president.

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