On Thursday afternoon, President Trump continued his attacks on our judicial process in retaliation for the sentencing of his crony Roger Stone to 40 months in prison.
Ironically speaking at a criminal justice event, the President of the United States publicly targeted the jury forewoman, an African-American woman named Tomeka Hart.
Trump trashed her for being an “anti-Trump activist” who had an “awful social media,” channeling the conspiracy theories about anti-Trump bias that right-wing media has been relentlessly promoting for the past few days.
Hart’s social media posts indicated that she was not a huge fan of Donald Trump or the crimes committed by his cronies, which of course sent right-wing social media into a paroxysm of fury as they cry bias.
Tomeka Hart, Roger Stone jury foreperson, revealed as anti-Trump activist, also…
“…U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror on the case, who was an Obama-era press official…”
The deck was fixed https://t.co/z4otTN1kPW
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 13, 2020
It is almost impossible to find one person capable of being neutral about a person as polarizing and inherently vile as Donald Trump, let alone ten — and if a federal district court judge feels that Hart conducted herself fairly and with integrity, then the issue should be put to rest.
.@KenDilanianNBC: "The judge said Roger Stone was not prosecuted in any political sense. He was prosecuted fairly & she also credited jurors for serving admirably. That's important b/c Stone has filed a motion for a new trial that she hasn't ruled on & he's alleging juror bias."
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 20, 2020
The president didn’t stop there, however, immediately delving into an unrelated and obviously false tangent about how Hillary Clinton was “leaking classified documents.”
At what is supposedly a criminal justice event, Trump keeps ranting about Roger Stone and says (falsely) that Hillary Clinton “leaked more classified documents … than any human being in the history of the United States of America.” Just made up. pic.twitter.com/kw6PUUyLIB
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 20, 2020
There is no occasion that President Trump won’t turn into an opportunity to hurl partisan smears at those who have offended him; it is just a sign of how absurd and how extreme everything has become that a summit on criminal justice was used to paint a target on the back of a juror and to accuse his political rivals of committing imaginary crimes.