Bullying works. Time to fight back:
Humans are a gregarious species. Never underestimate how powerful bullying and social ostracism can be — even on adults — especially on smart and wealthy adults near the top of the pecking order. Indeed, the pecking order position is the problem. Those with something to lose, who are trained in universities in everything but how to stand up for themselves, fold faster than the truck drivers and steel workers Donald Trump represents. Those who don’t care about the pecking order, because they are far from the top, also don’t care if uppity legal circles ridicule them. But those inside the elite circles of power do.
The Swamp is terrified of Trump’s legal challenges
Trump is so dangerous to the Swamp they are prepared to spend big money to target anyone who helps him. Once upon a time, representing a President would be great for advertising and gaining new clients. The Swamp bluster is trying to reverse that.
One of Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals (to win by destroying civil debate) is to isolate “the target”. In this case Trump is “the Target” and activists have managed to isolate him from one or two of his long standing legal teams. Trump has worked with some of these legal firms for years, and they’ve earned more than $20 million from working with the President. But when an activist group puts up half a million dollars to tar their name with advertising and put their clients on the spot, the clients then lean on the legal firms.
Why go all-out, launching a boycott campaign targeting Jones Day, and doxxing lawyers, if the whole thing is futile? If Trump can’t win, then conservatives are just wasting money that won’t be spent on protecting the Senate majority in Georgia?
What’s behind all the hollow slogans about “protecting democracy”?
The obvious answer is two admissions.
1. President Trump has a case. Enough of one for Democrats, and their media and legal allies to be worried.
2. The Democrats have something to hide.
Fight back against this ostracism and cancel culture — stand up against it
Forget the popcorn and get to work. All the people on Trump’s team need moral, social and financial support. They need a river of positive emails telling them how brave they are, and how useful their work is. They need people actively defending them in the public sphere. We’re in an information war, so even just passing on news to get around the censorship is useful.
Bullies are stopped sometimes when just one impartial onlooker speaks and pops the bubble. It’s all front. Their smug toxic bluff will fold if it meets resistance. Indeed (see below) one legal firm hasn’t pulled out. They are representing the GOP, not Trump, but the media are still pretending they’ve declared they aren’t supporting Trump.
Turn the tables:
- Those who won’t support due legal process support electoral fraud.
- Those who won’t support a legal challenge against the Biden win don’t think Biden won legally.
- If Biden won by legal votes, no one would object to a full audited recount.
- Healing means showing Trump voters that Biden won legally. Those who don’t support the legal battles feed the anger and division.
- All sides of legal battles deserve legal representation. Why are the Biden team so frightened they want to stop that?
- Pursuing election challenges is not “undermining the rule of law,” but an exercise in law, as attorneys should especially know.
- The true undermining of the rule of law is the hounding of lawyers based on the clients they accept.
So the cancel culture ad money falls on an unprepared target, and gets leveraged by clients afraid they will be isolated and targeted next. It’s all so predictable. The Alinsky crowd don’t attack Trump directly because he is prepared. Strategically, they push two-degrees of separation out on an open door, and the peripheral easy targets put the pressure on the first degree of separation:
Reuters: On Tuesday, The Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans, said it will spend $500,000 on ads targeting Jones Day and a smaller law firm working for Trump, following a Monday New York Times report citing dissent among Jones Day’s senior attorneys over its election work for Republicans.
In tweets online, the group, co-founded by conservative lawyer George Conway, who is the husband of former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, has encouraged lawyers and clients to abandon Jones Day.
One law firm recruiter, who asked not to be named for fear of exposing the identities of clients, said three Jones Day attorneys were, as of Wednesday, looking to leave because their clients do not want to be associated with the firm.
Law students are easy meat because they haven’t been taught the things that matter:
Law students from U.S. schools including Harvard and the flagship university for Jones Day’s home state Ohio are also mobilizing against the firm. Some are considering a boycott, said Molly Coleman, a 2020 Harvard Law School graduate and executive director of the law student and attorney network People’s Parity Project.
Jones Day gets a revenue of $2 billion a year and employs 2,500 attorneys. It’s the fifth largest firm in the USA.
While many have claimed it has said they won’t represent Donald Trump, the firm actually said “Jones Day is representing the Pennsylvania GOP “:
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania, through Jones Day, has sought review in the United States Supreme Court on the ground that the order is unconstitutional because it usurped the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s plenary authority to determine election procedures including the deadline for absentee ballots. The United States Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to grant certiorari. Four justices agreed with our client’s position, and voted to grant a stay, indicating that they believed there was a fair prospect of review and reversal by the Court. Three justices have issued a statement that there is “a strong likelihood that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order violates the U.S. Constitution.” On November 6, Justice Alito ordered Pennsylvania election officials to segregate ballots arriving after the statutory deadline to preserve the issue and to have a record of the vote with and without the segregated ballots.
This case presents an important and recurring rule-of-law question under the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, on November 9, 17 states filed amicus briefs supporting this cert petition and asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review.
Jones Day will not withdraw from that representation.
Jones Day expects that the media will correct the numerous false reports given the facts set forth above, all of which were readily verifiable in the public record.
There is huge pressure on some of the USA’s top legal firms to pull out of defending Donald Trump:
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, the law firm leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the presidential election results in Pennsylvania, abruptly withdrew from a federal lawsuit that it had filed on behalf of the campaign. That followed a similar move by an Arizona law firm that was representing the Republican Party as it challenged that state’s results.
And on Friday, a top lawyer at Jones Day, which has represented Mr. Trump’s campaigns for more than four years, told colleagues during a video conference call that Jones Day would not get involved in additional litigation in this election.
The moves by the law firms are the latest blows to Mr. Trump’s efforts to use a barrage of litigation to challenge the integrity of the election results. Some lawyers at Porter Wright and Jones Day had become increasingly vocal about their concerns that the work their firms were doing was helping to legitimize the president’s arguments. One Porter Wright lawyer resigned in protest over the summer.
The law firms found many excuses:
Some senior lawyers at Jones Day, one of the country’s largest law firms, are worried that it is advancing arguments that lack evidence and may be helping Mr. Trump and his allies undermine the integrity of American elections, according to interviews with nine partners and associates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their jobs.
Heckling is more important than millions of dollars:
Money is money, but lawyers are human and being disinvited to dinner parties, excised from social events, and losing customers is a major and real threat.
Ed Morrisey: Jones Day has earned more than $20 million doing business with Trump, his campaigns, and the RNC over the last five years, $4 million in this year alone. That’s a lot of income, and it pays more than a few salaries. Yet this seems to be the bigger concern among some of its attorneys:
In recent days, two Jones Day lawyers said they had faced heckling from friends and others on social media about working at a firm that is supporting Mr. Trump’s efforts.
A lawyer in Jones Day’s Washington office felt that the firm risked hurting itself by taking on work that undermined the rule of law. “To me, it seems extremely shortsighted,” the lawyer said.
Ed Morrisey: That in itself is nonsense. Pursuing election challenges is not “undermining the rule of law,” but an exercise in law, as attorneys should especially know. The true undermining of the rule of law is the hounding of lawyers based on the clients they accept.
A lot of what is going on now is pure Psy Ops. It’s an information war for the moral high ground.
Don’t underestimate how important it is for the people on the Good side to get in this battle, rather than just be a spectator.
The moral high ground matters — there are real consequences.
If people feel dejected they are less likely to fight back, less likely to donate, and less likely to attend a mass protest.
If 70 million Americans wear a MAGA hat every day until the final result was called, it matters.Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
November 15, 2020 at 01:34AM