Trump Pushes the Envelope, Lashes Out in Online Rant

( – Donald Trump’s online criticism of the daughter of a judge in one of his upcoming trials has earned him an expanded gag order from the judge.

On March 28th, the Republican presidential candidate lambasted both Judge Loren Merchan and his daughter, Loren. In characteristic style, Trump called Judge Merchan “totally compromised,” and said his daughter Loren was a “rabid Trump hater” who discussed Trump with her father. Trump seemed to be implying that Judge Merchan may be biased against him as a defendant.

Judge Merchan will be presiding over the case against Trump for allegedly paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair between the two. The trial begins on April 15th.

Judge Merchan had already slapped a gag order on Trump a week earlier that barred him from discussing court staff, their families, lawyers working on the case, and any witnesses. Merchan then expanded the order to prevent Trump from discussing him or his family.

Loren Merchan works as a political consultant for Democrats. On his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said she “makes money by working to ‘Get Trump’”, then referred to a social media post he believed she made that showed a picture of Trump behind bars. Media reports indicate the social media account did not belong to Loren Merchan.

Trump’s upcoming trial focuses on the claim that he falsified accounting records to hide more than $100,000 paid to adult actress Stormy Daniels. Trump denies hiding any payments or engaging in any wrongdoing. Far-left Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought the case, which many legal scholars say depends on a novel legal theory (this is lawyer-speak for “not likely to succeed”). It will be the first time a U.S. President has been criminally prosecuted.

In other legal news around Trump, the 45th president has posted the $175 million bond required to appeal the verdict in the case against him brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. James contends that Trump illegally overvalued his properties to get more favorable loan terms from banks.

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