Trump Targets Judge’s Wife on Social Media

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( – Former President Donald Trump has recently gone on the offensive online against the wife of New York Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over his civil fraud trial. Trump went after Engoron’s wife, Dawn, in a series of posts on Tuesday, where he suggested that an account on social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, that was making anti-Trump statements belonged to Judge Engoron’s wife.

The account, under the name “Dawn Marie,” was highlighted by conservative activist Laura Loomer. It featured posts critical of Trump, including references to his trial and images depicting him in an orange jumpsuit and as the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Trump accused Judge Engoron’s wife, along with his law clerk, of influencing the trial against him, his family, and the Republican Party in a post on Truth Social. He referred to the trial as a “witch hunt.” However, the account in question appears to have been deactivated.

The Hill posted a statement by Dawn Engoron in which she denied having an account on X. She had previously told Newsweek the same thing: that the social media account did not belong to her, she didn’t have an account and had not posted anti-Trump messages.

Trump’s criticism isn’t limited to the judge’s wife; he has also targeted Engoron and his principal law clerk throughout the trial. The judge had earlier ruled against Trump, his organization, and several executives, including his sons, in a pre-trial decision. New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) had presented evidence alleging fraudulent manipulation of business asset values for tax and insurance benefits.

Trump’s courtroom conduct also reflected his confrontational stance. He repeatedly criticized Judge Engoron during his testimony, challenging his neutrality. This led to Engoron instructing Trump’s counsel to maintain decorum in the courtroom, emphasizing that the setting was not a political event.

Subsequent to Trump’s remarks about the judge’s clerk, a limited gag order was issued, restricting Trump and his lawyers from discussing the judge’s staff. An appeals court recently reinstated the order after it was put on hold.

The alleged bias of Judge Engoron and his clerk was central to Trump’s legal team’s request for a mistrial, as they claimed it compromised the case and the judiciary’s integrity. However, Judge Engoron dismissed this motion as baseless.

Trump launched more attacks against Engoron’s wife on social media after the gag order was reimposed.

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