Former President Donald Trump has been swatting attempts to charge him in any way possible since he announced his bid for the White House in 2024.
Trump’s arraignment earlier this month in Manhattan on multiple charges that seem to repeat themselves has not in any way diminished his standing with the conservative public – in fact, he is rising in the polls.
And, his apparent legal woes have not dissuaded Republican donors, with his 2024 campaign raking in $34 million since the start of 2023.
A group of Republicans, led by Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, are suing NY District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a bid to get that case thrown out.
Jordan, who chairs the House judiciary committee, has launched his own lawsuit as well to block the Manhattan ‘hush money’ case brought by DA Bragg.
Since his first presidential run in 2016 and even before, Trump has expounded a platform of diffusing the “deep state” of American politics and revealing corruption at its highest levels. Trump has fought off repeated attempts to silence him and to keep him from office, and charges against him continue to dissolve as he is repeatedly vindicated.
Continuing attempts include Trump-hater Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is investigating his handling of classified documents that were seized in the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, and Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, even as Trump and other conservatives maintain that the election was stolen by the Biden campaign in various ways.
During his presidency, Trump repeatedly addressed top officials, such as former FBI Director James Comey or the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions when he felt they did not do their jobs or were in error. In March last year, Trump said he wanted a new law to be passed allowing the president to fire any U.S. government employee working for the executive branch.
Now, Daily Mail reports that the ex-president is making a campaign promise in regard to government employees. Trump has vowed to fire U.S. government employees who fail a proposed civil service test.
The real estate mogul made the pledge in a campaign video released over the weekend that hit out at last year’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.”I will require every federal employee to pass a new civil service test, demonstrating an understanding our constitutional limited government,” he said.
Assuring that those working for the federal government know and understand laws pertaining to the running of the country, the 76-year-old said they would be forced to answer questions on “due process rights, equal protection, free speech (and) religious liberty.”
In a thinly veiled reference to the removal of documents at his exclusive Florida residence, Trump said officials would be expected to brush up on “the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable seizure and search.” He added: “We will put unelected bureaucrats back in their place.”
Trump’s civil service test would be a way to front-load laws in an effort to keep those laws from being twisted, and to keep bogus actions out of the courts.
It seems that most of America agrees with Trump’s initiatives, as Five Thirty Eight’s poll for the 2024 Republican primary this week reveals that Trump is leading with 49.3 of the national vote, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (who has not yet officially entered the race, but continues to be considered by many) received 26.2 percent.
Bringing up the rear are former vice-president Mike Pence with 5.8 percent and former UN Ambassador and former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley with 4.3 percent.
Five Thirty Eight notes that since Trump’s indictment, his standing in polls has increased 19 points.
President Joe Biden, however, is not doing so well. , about 9 points lower than his 52 percent disapproval rating. five Thirty Eight states that Biden’s average approval rating is at 43 percent. The outlet notes that Biden is not popular with independents, the group that helped place him in the White House in 2020.
Biden is now underwater by a roughly 2-to-1 margin with independents, according to polls released by Fox News and Quinnipiac University.
Meanwhile, the attempts to tie Trump up in court keep coming. Situations from the long ago past seem to pop up almost daily now that Trump is running again for the presidency.
Earlier on Monday, a New York judge gave his approval for a civil lawsuit against the one-time reality TV star to go ahead next week, although Trump’s lawyers had tried to delay the defamation and battery case brought by Elle columnist E Jean Carroll.
Carroll sued Trump in November, alleging he defamed her by calling her a liar when he denied her claim that he raped her in the 1990s. She added a battery charge under a recently adopted New York law that allows adult survivors of sexual abuse to sue their alleged attacker regardless of the statute of limitations.
Trump has repeatedly denied Carroll’s allegations, both at the time and now.