Trump to Smith: 'Go to Hell' Amid Supreme Court Battle Plans

Former President Faces New Legal Hurdle in Election Ambitions.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump to Smith: 'Go to Hell' Amid Supreme Court Battle Plans
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On Christmas Day, former President Donald Trump launched a vitriolic attack against those he considers adversaries, using harsh language like "rot in hell." His fiery rhetoric continued the following day, as he targeted Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing investigations into Trump's actions regarding the 2020 election results and his handling of classified documents.

Trump's provocative statements came during a flurry of activity on his Truth Social platform, where he condemned Smith, challenged the constitutionality of his appointment, and reiterated his belief that the legal challenges he faces are a concerted effort by President Joe Biden to thwart his political ambitions.

In a bold post on Tuesday, Trump referred to Jack Smith as "Biden’s Flunky, Deranged Jack Smith," and told him to "go to HELL." This latest tirade against the special counsel follows the Supreme Court's decision to decline Smith's request for an expedited hearing on Trump's claim of "presidential immunity" in his federal election conspiracy case.

The issue of immunity will continue to be debated in the appeals court.

Trump's Ballot Eligibility Questioned

However, the Supreme Court may soon be called upon to adjudicate a separate matter questioning Trump's eligibility to be listed on the 2024 ballot in Colorado and potentially other states.

This inquiry arises from a recent harsh ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, which, citing the 14th Amendment, deemed Trump ineligible for the presidency due to alleged involvement in insurrection or rebellion. Trump's legal team is gearing up to challenge this decision in the nation's highest court.

The legal battles Trump faces, including 91 criminal charges, fraud lawsuits, and claims of sexual abuse and defamation, are central to his turbulent 2024 campaign. He has labeled these legal issues as "election interference." His recent social media post followed a Supreme Court filing by Edwin Meese, a former Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, who argues that Smith's appointment was illegal.

Meese has also come to the defense of other Trump associates facing legal scrutiny. Additionally, a group of 24 Republican officials has recently appealed to a federal court to dismiss Trump's immunity claim. This group, comprising former officials from five Republican administrations and constitutional scholars, asserts that the doctrine of presidential immunity should not apply in cases where a president's actions are criminally suspect, especially in matters of electoral integrity.

The debate over presidential immunity is set to continue, with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled to hear oral arguments on January 9. Trump's ongoing legal challenges not only underscore the significant role of the judiciary in his 2024 campaign but also highlight the ongoing tension within the Republican Party regarding his candidacy and the legal precedents it may set.