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May 13 6 tweets 2 min read Read on X
At Trump trial today. Some observations:

1) we started in Trump Tower with a beautiful view of Central Park. Then you come to a dingy court house with people like Alvin Bragg. They prevent his supporters from getting too close to the court house, and they prevent his friends from standing too close to him. The president is expected to sit here for six weeks to listen to the Michael Cohens of the world.

I’m now convinced the main goal of this trial is psychological torture. But Trump is in great spirits.
2) we’ve seen a couple mask wearers. @TTuberville turns to me and says “looks like we forgot our masks.” 😂
3) I saw a media report a few days ago that Trump looked like he was falling asleep or bored or something. The obvious narrative they’re trying to sell is “yeah Biden is mentally unfit but this other guy is bad too.”

It’s an absurd narrative. I’m 39 years old and I’ve been here for 26 minutes and I’m about to fall asleep,
@TTuberville 4) Cohen can’t remember how old his son is or how old he was when he started to work for Trump but I’m sure he remembers extremely small details from years ago!
@TTuberville 5) Michael Cohen admitting he secretly recorded his employer. Just totally normal conduct, right?

The best part is he said he did it only once and only for Trump’s benefit. A standup guy!
6) Here’s why this trial is election interference: many times during the day I I heard the the Trump team say “wish we could say that but we’re not allowed.” They are *constantly* worried about the judge’s gag order, to the point that it limits their ability to communicate and engage with voters.

A violation of the Constitution and an insult to the American people.

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