In a recent turn of events that continues to highlight the controversial nature of his public conduct, former President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on social media, this time targeting the wife of Judge Arthur Engoron. This outburst comes right after a New York state appeals court reinstated a gag order initially imposed by Judge Engoron in a civil case involving Trump’s business ventures.
Previously, Judge Engoron had issued the gag order in response to Trump’s groundless and inflammatory social media posts, which accused the judge and his staff of bias. These actions led Engoron to conclude that Trump’s rhetoric posed a potential threat to his court staff. Consequently, he mandated that Trump’s public comments should strictly pertain to the case facts, not the people involved in it.
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, not appropriate, and I will not tolerate them,” Engoron stated firmly when he first implemented the order.
Despite being fined for violating this order and refusing to remove his derogatory online messages, Trump continued his defiant stance. His legal team appealed against the gag order, leading to a temporary suspension by the appellate court, only for it to be reinstated shortly afterward.
In what seems to be a blatant act of defiance against the reinstated order, Trump took to Truth Social almost immediately, launching an attack against Judge Engoron and his wife. He made unverified claims that Dawn Engoron, the judge’s wife, owns a social media account posting anti-Trump content.
“This is the most unfair Trial in the History of New York, and I’ve had some pretty unfair Trials!” Trump exclaimed in one of his posts, directly targeting Dawn Engoron.
Dawn Engoron, however, has denied these allegations, clarifying her absence from Twitter and her non-involvement in any anti-Trump messaging. “I do not have a Twitter account. This is not me. I have not posted any anti-Trump messages,” she confirmed to Newsweek.
Trump’s ongoing social media tirade, if persisted, could lead to further reprimands from Judge Engoron. These could range from additional financial penalties to potentially more severe consequences like jail time, aimed at preventing further attacks that might endanger individuals or unduly influence the ongoing legal case.
Trump’s latest actions not only question the boundaries of legal compliance but also reflect a troubling pattern of targeting individuals involved in his numerous legal battles. As this saga unfolds, it highlights the critical intersection of politics, social media, and the judicial system in today’s polarized environment.