The finer points of former President Donald Trump’s latest indictment appear to go a long way to make even “being alive” seem criminal to support a conspiracy allegation.
Tweeting, getting a phone number and even “telling people to watch TV” were among the actions detailed to pad the first count against Trump and his 18 co-defendants with 161 acts. One social media thread on Monday’s indictment from Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis couldn’t help but notice the heavy lifting legalese looked to be doing in labeling things “an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”
A thread on X from Greg Price highlighted quite a few things “now illegal” based on the alleged “criminal racketeering enterprise” the president had taken part in to supposedly “overturn Georgia’s presidential election result.”
“Asking people for phone numbers,” “Reserving rooms in a Capitol building,” “Telling people to watch TV” and “Getting people to attend legislative hearings” summarized one set of acts that included “On or about the 3rd day of December 2020, Donald John Trump caused to be tweeted from the Twitter account @RealDonaldTrump, ‘Georgia hearings now on @OANN. Amazing!’ This was an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”
Things that are now illegal according to the Georgia indictment:
– Asking people for phone numbers
– Reserving rooms in a Capitol building
– Telling people to watch TV
– Getting people to attend legislative hearings. pic.twitter.com/H2oQPXu4OM
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 15, 2023
In continuing the thread, Price later pointed to “Holding meetings” as seemingly “now illegal” as the indictment pointed to a meeting Trump was said to have had in Dec. 2020 with “Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bryan Cutler in the Oval Office at the White House and discussed holding a special session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”
More things that are now illegal according to the indictment:
– Holding meetings
– Calling people
– Asking people to call special sessions of legislatures
– Setting up phone calls pic.twitter.com/y2XiVCWzy9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 15, 2023
Libs of TikTok piled on to the indictment, reiterating Price’s point on the OANN tweet and adding to “Things that are apparently illegal in America…Reserving rooms for meetings…Asking someone for a phone number…What a sham.”
Things that are apparently illegal in America:
1. Tweeting that you’re watching TV
2. Reserving rooms for meetings
3. Asking someone for a phone number
What a sham. pic.twitter.com/U8jLLN37vH
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 15, 2023
While many attempted to slam the threads as missing the finer point that it wasn’t any act itself that was illegal but doing so allegedly “in furtherance of the conspiracy,” what detractors hadn’t grasped was the broader implications of the indictment.
As previously reported, two speakers from the nonprofit Dissident Project joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday to discuss their experiences having fled authoritarian regimes in Venezuela and Iran. In so doing, they pointed out how the indictments against Trump appeared to be setting a “dangerous precedent” and furthered a two-tiered justice system.
Tahmineh Dehbozorgi, who immigrated from Iran and is now a student at George Washington University Law School, told host Rachel Campos-Duffy, “In Iran, a lot of attorneys that represent political opponents are also prosecuted and, in this case, one thing that really concerns me as a law student is I do not want to see attorneys that simply gave legal advice to their clients face criminal charges or being threatened to have their licenses revoked.”
Attorney Jenna Ellis, named as a co-defendant on the indictment posted along those lines Tuesday when she wrote, “The Democrats and the Fulton County DA are criminalizing the practice of law. I am resolved to trust the Lord and I will simply continue to honor, praise, and serve Him. I deeply appreciate all of my friends who have reached out offering encouragement and support.”
The Democrats and the Fulton County DA are criminalizing the practice of law. I am resolved to trust the Lord and I will simply continue to honor, praise, and serve Him. I deeply appreciate all of my friends who have reached out offering encouragement and support. pic.twitter.com/3fFNObv4Ff
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 15, 2023
The perceived effort to persecute Trump, as one person on X mocked, made the priorities of Willis look wholly out of whack.
— Kenny (@actually_tend) August 15, 2023
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