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The Midweek Update - A Tale of Two Judges - May 8, 2024

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In this Midweek Update, Susan Kokinda contrasts the goings on in the New York porn show, masquerading as a trial, and the highly significant May 7 ruling of Jude Aileen Cannon which opens up the potential to further expose the scope of the witch hunt conspiracy against Donald Trump. She then takes a deeper look at where the ruling class' hatred of Trump comes from and why they call him a "fascist."

Barbara's article:

Trump Trials: A Tale of Two Judges; In Florida, a Judge, in Manhattan, a Pimp
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon put off, indefinitely, President Trump’s trial in Special Prosecutor Jack Smith’s bogus Florida Espionage Act prosecution. The decision follows a week of bombshell developments in the case exposing its rigging. In Manhattan, on the other hand, the deeply biased Judge,

Transcript: The Midweek Update - A Tale of Two Judges - May 8, 2024

Susan Kokinda: [00:00:00] Hello, everybody. This is Susan Kokinda at Promethean Action for the midweek update. Today is May 8th, and I just discovered that today is International Donkey Day, so you can do that, with that, what you wish in terms of celebration. When you think about the events playing out in two different courtrooms, one in New York City and the other in Florida, Regarding Donald Trump, you cannot help but to think about the opening lines of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. Now, I don't have a lot to say about the porn show. Playing out with Stormy Daniels in Judge Merchan's courtroom in New York City. This is definitely the epic [00:01:00] of incredulity.

Barbara Boyd has written a post on Promethean action website which portrays it for what it is. Frankly, the only problem with this case is there are not words strong enough to capture just how disgusting and farcical this thing is. Barbara does it justice, and she locates its obvious political intention.

But compare this Manhattan smutfest to the highly significant decision made by Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida yesterday. Cannon has indefinitely postponed Jack Smith's federal prosecution of Donald Trump in the classified documents case, citing the novel and difficult questions in the case. So instead of a trial date Cannon will hold evidentiary hearings on critical defense motions.

One of the most significant motions she has granted [00:02:00] is a three day evidentiary hearing, which is going to start later in June, on the issue of the scope of the prosecution team. This is extremely important because if a defendant can establish that the prosecution team extends beyond just the immediate prosecuting attorneys and their staff, and that it includes, say, for example, the White House or high level Obama operatives like Lisa Monaco in the Justice Department, it means that the defense has a much broader range of discovery.

This is something we know a little bit about. Back in the 1980s, when Lyndon LaRouche was being prosecuted in Boston, in what I call before there was the Trump witch hunt, there was the Lyndon LaRouche witch hunt. It was precisely on this basis, that is, expanding the definition of the [00:03:00] prosecution team, that the judge ordered a search of then Vice President George H. W. Bush's office. for documents relating to LaRouche's case. And that ultimately resulted in this trial being shut down. So obviously what Cannon has ordered allows us to get to the heart of the fact that this is a witch hunt intended to prevent Donald Trump from returning to the White House. And of course the enemy press certainly understands this.

CNN bemoaned the fact that this will give Trump a platform to air unfounded theories about the conspiracy against him. Now, just as I was about to broadcast this, we got the report of another highly significant decision down in Georgia where the appeals court has granted an appeal in the Fannie Willis disqualification case.

This is very [00:04:00] significant. This is a highly discretionary decision. And of course, people remember that the ruling previously had been that even though there was conflict of interest, Fannie Willis could continue prosecuting as long as her lover, you know, stepped aside. The Trump team has appealed this and now that appeal has been granted. Which of course will further delay that case.

Now, what should be the response to these prosecutions? We, when we go out and organize the population, our tables often feature a big sign that says Donald can't do it alone. And I think these developments really underscore the fact that it is time for Congress to get very serious about investigating this.

Between what Judge Cannon has declassified, what investigative journalist Julie [00:05:00] Kelly has reported, and more, Jim Jordan and others in Congress should be in a full court press to investigate and air the whole conspiracy. And we, their constituents in the American people, should make that very clear to them.

We've been long calling for defunding the special prosecutor as the most effective way to shut this crap down. There is now renewed attention on that. It's been reported that what Marjorie Taylor Greene wants from House Speaker Mike Johnson in exchange for her withdrawing her motion to vacate the Speaker's position is action on several legislative fronts, including no more funding for the Ukraine catastrophe, but most significantly legislative action to defund the special prosecutor's office of Jack Smith. Representative Matt Gates already has legislation to that effect, and Promethean PAC has been circulating a petition calling for [00:06:00] that for over a year.

We now are less than six months before the presidential election, and I know we all feel the pressure of what is at stake in this fight. So, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the fundamentals of that fight. A little over a week ago, on April 27th, the New York Times ran a very long article entitled Darkly.

And, in fact, all of the illustrations, even in the online version, are black and white, i. e. dark. Donald Trump has never sounded like this. No major American presidential candidate has talked like he does now at his rallies. Not Richard Nixon, not George Wallace, not even Donald Trump. Now, before I get to what they're freaked out about, the article builds to a crescendo, citing a Trump speech in New Hampshire last November.

But before I quote from that [00:07:00] speech, the New York Times reporter solicited the following quote from a New School political historian professor, who said: this is how fascists campaign. So what is it that the ruling class calls fascist? Well, here's the quotes from the New Hampshire speech, which preceded the warning that this is how fascists campaign.

Trump says 2024 is our final battle. We will demolish the deep state. We'll expel those horrible, horrible warmongers from our government. They want to fight everybody. They want to kill people all over the place, places we've never heard of before, people that want to be left alone. We will drive out the globalists.

We will cast out the communists, Marxists, fascists. We will throw off the sick political class that [00:08:00] hates our country. We will rout the fake news media until they become real. We will evict Joe Biden from the White House. The great silent majority is rising like never before. And under our leadership, the forgotten men and women will be forgotten no more.

You're going to be forgotten no more. With your help, your love, and your vote, we will put America first. And as he has so many times before, Trump kept hammering away on the fact that the enemy is within. It is much more dangerous than any foreign foe that we may have. Obviously very unlike the neocons who still populate much of our political landscape today.

But, wait, there's still more in terms of what the New York Times is hysterical about. They also cite, as an [00:09:00] example of the dangerous new Trump, the following, We stand on the shoulders of American heroes who crossed the ocean, settled the continent, tamed the wilderness, laid down the railroads, and raised up those great, beautiful skyscrapers.

So, what is really going on here? Earlier I mentioned Lyndon LaRouche's trial in the 1980s. Many of us here at Promethean Action collaborated with him for decades. He was prosecuted in trials similar to the attacks on Trump. And one of the standard attacks on LaRouche was that he was a fascist and that he had an authoritarian personality.

Now, this was a line of attack which escalated in the post war period by a variety of so called intellectual, intellectuals largely affiliated with the Frankfurt School and run by the [00:10:00] British Empire, who wanted to prevent the continuation of the American and decisively anti British foreign and economic policies of Franklin Roosevelt.

What is it that they defined as an authoritarian personality? To them, it's anybody who rejects the ideology of total democracy, libertarianism, the anything goes ideology. Today, that obviously takes the form of, I can choose my sex, I can choose my species. An authoritarian, to these guys, is somebody who believes in universal principles.

And believes that a society cannot violate those principles if it's going to survive. You are imposing universality on your society and the decisions that the society is [00:11:00] making. And this is the basic fundamental definition of a republic, and the difference between a republic and a democracy.

Now, this is something that many people in the MAGA movement believe, When it comes to cultural and social issues, you know, that there are universal principles and they can't be violated.

Like what makes a man a man and a woman a woman? But what makes Donald Trump such a threat is that he believes that it applies to economic issues as well. There are universal principles. Economics is not in a vacuum, simply decided by calculations of profit and loss. Donald Trump wants to use the power of government to build things, like the Artemis project, which is going to return us to the moon, and take us on to Mars.

He wants to favor American manufacturing and energy [00:12:00] rather than allowing it to be devastated on the altar of free trade. And that's what the New York Times and others are dusting off the fascist label for. The two things which distinguish Donald Trump from pretty much everybody else on the political landscape is number one, he wants to stop the perpetual wars.

Clearly that's very fascist. And number two, he is an economic nationalist. So as we take this fight to make the election too big to rig out to new layers of the American population, these are the unique and distinguishing characteristics we need to focus on. So thanks for listening. This has been your Midweek Update.