A tweet by GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik prompted ridicule on the internet yesterday.
Stefanik blasted a judge in New York for not allowing Trump time off to grieve his late mother-in-law.
On Tuesday evening, former First Lady Melania Trump announced that her mother, Amalija Knavs, 78, had died. Donald Trump’s lawyers subsequently used this to ask if the closing day of Trump’s Manhattan court trial could be delayed.
Yesterday, Judge Arthur Engoron declined the request. He also declined Trump’s request to personally speak during the closing arguments.
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Engoron said he was “sorry” but that the schedule had already been set.
He said via email to Trump’s legal team that the former President could only speak if he agreed to certain conditions over what topics he covered. Trump could not turn it into a campaign speech or diss the court and its staff.
“Take it or leave it,” Engoron wrote in an email to Trump’s lawyers. “Now or never. You have until noon, seven minutes from now.”
Trump’s lawyers failed to respond, leading to Engoron ruling that Trump would not be allowed to address the court.
On Twitter, Stefanik, who has become one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders in recent months, blasted the decision. She called it “despicable” that Trump had not been allowed time to take care of his grieving wife.
President Trump’s attorney asked to postpone closing arguments a couple of days because of the death of First Lady @MELANIATRUMP’s mother so that he can spend time with his wife. Judge Engoron rejected that request.— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 10, 2024
Trump travels to Iowa
Stefanik’s tweet would suggest that Trump was keen to clear his schedule for a couple of days to spend time with Melania. The internet was quick to point out that this was not the case and he was still hot-footing it to Iowa to take part in a Fox News Town Hall event last night.
So he’s not doing the townhall tonight then right?— Freedom 𝕏 (@freedomalwaysX) January 10, 2024
But did he ask to postpone tonight's town hall so he can be with Melania?— Fascist Russian Asset 🔫🐊 🪂⛷️ (@SamanthaPfaff) January 10, 2024
Trump using the death of his third wife’s chain migrated mother as an excuse to duck responsibility. Shameless. Grotesque.— GOPisComplicit now with parody/satire in title 🙄 (@GOPisComplicit) January 10, 2024
Hey MAGA,— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) January 11, 2024
Didn’t you say Trump was “grieving” over the death of Melania’s mother so terribly that he couldn’t even bear to have his NY trial continue without a pause?
So what’s this then?👇 pic.twitter.com/lJbaLoK0S7
Others were quick to point out that after Melania posted news about her mother’s death, it took Donald Trump 12 hours before he posted any mention of it. Beforehand, he found time to post a dozen statements to Truth Social about matters concerning his campaign and legal woes.
Rep. Elise Stefanik represents New York’s 21st District in Congress. She is also the chair of the House Republican Conference. She has long opposed LGBTQ+ rights, but has swung even harder toward the MAGA extreme end of the Republican Party over the last couple of years. Some have questioned whether she’s jostling to become Trump’s Vice President pick, such is her slavish devotion to him.
She faced widespread criticism this week, from both Republicans and Democrats, for referring to those imprisoned for crimes related to the January 6th insurrection as “hostages.”
Things aren’t looking good.
Wow… so patriotic of him.
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