A Timeline of Trump Litigation in 2024
My best effort to imagine the year to come
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The latest from Windsor Mann and Ruthie Windsor-Mann:
I wrote the following little verse the other day, while flying back from Europe:
I imagined it as the chorus to a song, a response to all of the people I know who profess themselves “tired” by world events, domestic politics, or the news in general. I’ve been meaning to set it to music—and maybe write some verses for it.
But in the meantime, something interesting has happened. Judging from the social media reaction to it, Ukrainians seem to think it’s about Ukraine, and Americans seem to think it’s about domestic politics.
This pleases me. Because it’s about both—and a lot of other things.
Today’s #BeastOfTheDay are the therapy llamas that are, according to this here article in the Washington Post, patrolling the airport in Portland, Oregon.
I want a therapy llama.
Trump Trial Diary, December 27, 2023
It’s going to be a heck of a year.
At a minimum, there will be a presidential election just under ten months from now, with one of the candidates facing or having faced four separate criminal cases. There will be at least one, and likely two or three, major Supreme Court cases involving these litigations or the candidate’s eligibility for office. There will likely, but not certainly, be one or more actual criminal trials.
And that’s all just the substance—before you get to any of the noise and theatrics.
Let’s try to map out that part of the year which we can foresee with any clarity.