Trump To Appeal Allegedly Unconstitutional Gag Order

Former President Donald Trump is appealing a gag order handed down by a federal judge who barred him from making public statements that attack witnesses, certain prosecutors, and court staff involved in the indictment rendered against him for trying to undermine the results of the 2020 election.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled on Monday that Trump’s current run for office does not give him carte blanche to run a full-scale “smear campaign” against individuals involved in the case.

Chutkan remarked, “No other defendant would be allowed to do so, and I’m not going to allow it in this case.”

Some of Trump’s critics are arguing the judge’s ruling was fair, noting Trump shouldn’t receive special treatment just because he’s running for office.

Others have argued this has nothing to do with Trump, who he is, or what status he has in the presidential race. Rather, this is an issue of constitutional rights.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton shared his thoughts on X — the platform formerly known as Twitter — noting, “Biden gang celebrates ‘Free Speech Week’ by getting Judge Chutkan to threaten to jail Trump for engaging in free speech.”

Trump took to Truth Social, his own social media platform, on Monday to share the following statement:


Later that day, Trump addressed his disagreement with Chutkan’s ruling while on the campaign trail in Adel, Iowa. He noted he will be the “only politician in history” who won’t be allowed to criticize people.

Trump highlighted the overwhelming support he is receiving from the American people during his Iowa pitstop. Can anyone really deny that?

Chutkan later clarified that the gag order imposed doesn’t carry the weight to impede Trump from criticizing President Joe Biden or making claims about the prosecution’s motivations.

Trump has openly lambasted attorney Jack Smith for hiring prosecutors who are working for the Democrats more so than all Americans, among other things. This gag order effectively silences Trump from sharing further concerns about Smith. Any questions?