The madness of Donald Trump has often manifested itself with delusions of grandeur wherein he regards himself as an aspiring dictator, a revered cult leader, or a deified messiah. His self-exaltation has been a hallmark of his psychosis for the many decades he has been in public life.
Now Trump’s malignant narcissism has been formalized in legal terms. The self-described “stable genius” had his attorneys analogize him to one of history’s greatest intellects, Galileo Galilei, who is known for, among many other discoveries, documenting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than the other way around. At the time that was considered heresy by the Catholic Church, and due to commitment to his scientific principle, Galileo spent his last years in prison.
So what could this possibly have to do with Donald Trump? Well, he recently sued Twitter for having suspended his account. Twitter imposed the ban two days after the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill that Trump incited, saying that “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Trump’s lawsuit was dismissed in May, but he continues to pursue the matter in an increasingly absurd manner.
The latest filing by Team Trump accuses Twitter of conspiring with the U.S. government to violate his First Amendment rights by prohibiting his efforts to spread misinformation about the 2020 election. The filing is typically comprised of conspiratorial fictions and political grievances that have no basis in the law.
Trump’s argument centers on what he believes is his right to disseminate dangerous lies because, in his mind, they are true, and that in time he will be vindicated. Never mind the harm done as a result of his lying, or the right of private companies to moderate their content. As reported by Politico, the filing states that…
“’Most people once believed these to be crackpot ideas; many still do. But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true. The earth does revolve around the sun, and it was Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who dropped off a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware,’ Trump’s lawyers wrote. ‘Galileo spent his remaining days under house arrest for spreading heretical ideas, and thousands of dissidents today are arrested or killed by despotic governments eager to suppress ideas they disapprove of. But this is not the American way.’”
We should be probably be grateful that Trump’s lawyers accept the facts regarding the orbits of planets in our solar system, and that the Earth is round. But they are also promulgating blatant disinformation about President Biden’s son, Hunter. No one has ever asserted that Russia agents “dropped off” Biden’s laptop. Only that Russia exploited the matter by distributing salacious falsehoods in order to help Trump win reelection in 2020.
What’s more, it is utterly preposterous to equate the persecution of Galileo, or that of dissidents in tyrannical regimes, with Trump being unable to post his ludicrous comments on a social media website from the comfort of his Mar-a-Lago resort. And if Trump is ever subject to imprisonment, as Galileo was, it will be because he was found guilty by a jury of his peers of violating laws such as his interference with an election, his incitement to riot, and his theft and hoarding highly sensitive national security materials at his Palm Beach hotel/home. For starters.
With this latest filing, Trump’s attorneys prove, once, again, that they are utterly incompetent and ignorant of the law. But they are the best that Trump can recruit given his reputation for ignoring sound legal advice, and for failing to pay his lawyer’s fees. So expect this filing to have the same result as most of those that have preceded it. The Judge, and everyone in the courtroom. will stifle laughter as it gets thrown out. And all over a matter that Trump doesn’t even want to resolve…
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