Republican Faction Unleashes Sharp Critique Against Donald Trump

Lincoln Project scrutinizes Trump's conduct in recent videos

by Zain ul Abedin
Republican Faction Unleashes Sharp Critique Against Donald Trump
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In a striking display of political antagonism, The Lincoln Project, a Republican super PAC vehemently opposed to Donald Trump, has reignited its campaign against the former president by releasing videos critiquing his behavior during the ongoing criminal trial in New York.

Known for its critical stance, the group leveraged social media to amplify two particularly scathing videos. These clips underscore allegations of Trump dozing off in court and purported attempts to intimidate a juror within earshot during the trial's opening day.

The drama unfolded as Judge Juan Merchan presided over what promises to be a landmark trial. Reports emerged that Trump may have tried to influence jury members audibly, prompting a stern warning from Judge Merchan against any form of juror intimidation.

"I will not have any jurors intimidated in this courtroom," Merchan declared, marking a tense moment in the proceedings. The incident came into the spotlight shortly after prominent journalists, including The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, observed Trump apparently sleeping through parts of the trial.

Trump's representatives denied these claims and slammed the reports as "100% Fake News." In response, The Lincoln Project reposted an earlier advertisement showcasing Trump making incoherent statements and slurring during speeches, criticizing his fitness and alertness.

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On social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter), the super PAC used the hashtag #TrumpIsStillNotWell to punctuate their message that Trump's courtroom behavior is indicative of broader issues.

The first video, initially shared in February, painted a picture of Trump's erratic public demeanor. Furthermore, a second video revisited by The Lincoln Project highlights Trump's aggressive rhetoric towards the judiciary, captured in a voiceover that criticizes his menacing stance towards the judges handling his cases.

This clip also recollects Trump's controversial remarks encouraging the Proud Boys during a presidential debate and his equivocal statements following the violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The re-shared clip on X encapsulates The Lincoln Project's view that Trump's actions are calculated to instill fear and obedience.

"Just like his attacks on judges, Trump is trying to intimidate and scare the jurors on his criminal case into doing his bidding. It's cruel. It's evil. It's Trump," the post reads, mirroring the group's unyielding critique. Amid these controversies, Trump faces 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments made through his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

These payments were purportedly aimed at silencing Daniels about an alleged affair, a claim Trump has denied, despite admitting to reimbursing Cohen. As jury selection progresses, the trial is set to extend over six to eight weeks, keeping public and media attention fixed on the unfolding legal battle and its implications for Trump's legacy and the political landscape.

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