A recent analysis published by The National Review has cast a harsh light on former President Donald Trump's ability to collaborate effectively with legal professionals, raising concerns about his suitability for the role of the nation's commander-in-chief.
In his scathing critique, Dan McLaughlin highlights the legal challenges faced by the former president, emphasizing the significant errors made by his defense attorneys in response to various criminal and civil charges. However, McLaughlin asserts that much of the blame should be placed on Trump himself, whom he describes as a "client from hell."
Trump's Legal Missteps
Trump's pattern of feeling betrayed and his chronic inability to work harmoniously with his legal counsel have led to a series of costly mistakes.
These errors include failing to request a jury in the $250 million civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York Attorney Letitia James and neglecting to argue presidential immunity in response to E. Jean Carroll's $5 million civil suit.
One particularly consequential oversight occurred in Carroll's defamation case when a New York City appellate court ruled that Trump had forfeited his right to an immunity defense due to the delayed presentation of the argument.
McLaughlin contends that Trump ultimately receives the legal representation he deserves because competent attorneys either distance themselves from him or opt for plea deals to avoid becoming co-defendants in cases related to election interference or facing high-profile $43 million defamation suits.
This recurring issue raises serious doubts about Trump's potential return to the presidential race in 2024. McLaughlin emphasizes that the presidency is an executive role that relies heavily on collaboration with others. While public statements and tweets have previously landed Trump in legal trouble, most presidential actions are carried out through intermediaries.
As the debate over Trump's political future continues, questions about his ability to effectively govern persist in light of his demonstrated difficulties in working alongside legal professionals. These concerns may shape the narrative surrounding his potential bid for the presidency in the years to come.