Trump’s federal court trial, where he faces charges of attempting to defraud the federal government and obstructing Congress by spreading false claims of election fraud, is set for March. Several media outlets have requested that the Judge presiding over the trial, Tanya Chutkan, allow the proceedings to be televised. Team Trump has also filed a motion expressing their support of the request. However, Trump has been challenged over his unconvincing claims that the American people should be allowed to see the “witch hunt” unfold.
Political Witch Hunt Should Be Filmed
Donald Trump is urging for his federal election interference trial to be broadcast, arguing that the alleged “political witch hunt” should be captured on camera. His baseless allegations of the 2020 vote being rigged motivated a large number of his followers to besiege the US Capitol on January 6th.
Americans Should Study the Case Firsthand
In a recent filing, Trump supported requests, contending that media entities should be permitted to offer live coverage of the proceedings. The filing stated, “Every person in America, and beyond, should have the opportunity to study this case firsthand and watch as, if there is a trial, President Trump exonerates himself of these baseless and politically motivated charges.”
A Dreamt-up Constitutional Charade
“These proceedings should be fully televised so that the American public can see firsthand that this case…is nothing more than a dreamt-up constitutional charade,” the filing read.
A Carnival Atmosphere
Nevertheless, Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office has petitioned the court to reject the plea, alleging that the former President is attempting to transform the trial into “a carnival atmosphere from which he hopes to profit.”
It’s Not a Political Rally
Trump has faced accusations of leveraging his trials for political gain. In his New York trial, where he is confronting charges of fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying documents, Judge Engoron has cautioned Trump that the proceedings “are not a political rally.”
Peacefully Demand Transparency
It has been widely reported that the Trump campaign distributed a petition among supporters, seeking their signatures to aid in “peacefully demanding transparency.” Trump stated the “special counsel specifically fears that I will call the trial a ‘political witch hunt’ on camera.”
An Act of Election Interference
The Trump campaign also argued that denying people to see “what takes place in the courtroom 24 hours before the most important day of voting in the primary would be a clear act of election interference.”
There’s Nothing to Hide
“If there’s no wrongdoing, if everything is honest and fair, then there should be nothing to hide from the public, right?” Trump added.
Trump Called Out for Unconvincing Arguments
A recent article in Salon, authored by Amanda Marcotte, has challenged Trump and his campaign team’s assertions of supporting a televised trial.
A Televised Trial Would Backfire
Marcotte wrote in her article, “That is assuming Trump actually does want cameras in the courtroom. He may want the appearance that he welcomes ‘sunlight,’ but it’s doubtful he wants the actual sun shining on this courtroom for all to see. Trump and his lawyers know better than anyone that a televised trial would likely backfire on Trump in the 2024 presidential election by reminding voters that he’s a lying, whining monster who tried to end our democracy as his last act in office.”
The Filing Insulted the Judge
Marcotte argued that she didn’t believe Trump’s requests for a televised trial were genuine for two reasons. She wrote, “First, the filing itself appears to be written to be maximally insulting to Judge Chutkan, with its claim she has ‘denied President Trump his inalienable rights.’ It’s a lie in every word, starting with the fact that Trump is not President. Insulting a judge would not be a productive move in a sincere request. On the contrary, it reads like they are baiting her into denying the request.”
Team Trump Playing Games
Marcotte then stated her second reason that Trump’s requests were not genuine, alleging that “Trump’s team is playing a shell game by first claiming to have no opinion on the matter, then changing their minds once it became clear the request for cameras was unlikely to be fulfilled.” She also noted that several legal experts shared the same view.
It’s All a Charade
Marcotte then shared a post on X, written by Harry Litman, a senior legal affairs columnist for the LA Times: “It’s all a charade on Trump’s part anyway. DOJ accurately advised Chutkan she doesn’t have the power to order the trial to be televised — the Judicial Conference would have to change its policy. So it’s just a phony stance by Trump to suggest he wants transparency & US doesn’t.”
Transparency Without the Risks
In her article, Marcotte concluded, “A reasonable assumption is Trump wants the pretense of transparency without the risks. If the likelihood of cameras in the court shifted in favor, you can bet Trump’s lawyers would suddenly find an excuse to argue against their presence. The reason is straightforward: The more attention people pay to this case, the worse it will likely be for Trump politically.”
Trump Calling to Root Out Vermin
She also noted that Americans are not closely following the news, “which helps them forget how deeply aggravating his whining can be. That’s how Trump can be confident enough to call more than half the country ‘vermin,’ promising to ‘root’ them out.’”
Only His Fellow Fascists Are Listening
She further argued, “He knows the only people paying attention right now are his base of fellow fascists and the politically aware liberals who oppose him. Those whose votes will be up for grabs likely have no idea what he’s saying.”
Contain the MAGA Cult
People went online to express their views over a televised court trial. One user wrote, “More lies and deception to contain the MAGA cult.”
Thank the Media
Another user was utterly against a televised trial and argued, “It’s media attention! And if Trump gets back in the White House again; you can thank the media!”