Out of court
Taunting E. Jean Carroll, which he has done repeatedly on social media over the last few weeks, doesn’t seem like an obvious way of making more inroads with independent voters who are wary of the dust clouds that follow Trump everywhere, or securing more support from suburban women, another group with which he’s struggled.
That’s also true of his election denialism, which he has discussed constantly, to some of his advisers’ chagrin, even as he faces a federal trial on charges he illegally tried to overturn his election loss in 2020. He dug in again about “cheating” in elections during his scorched-earth victory speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday night.
Trump has repeatedly turned political expectations upside down, and he has benefited from the fact that he is not viewed by voters through a conventional political lens. But at his own insistence, Trump is making an issue of accusations against himself that no doubt would have sunk any other candidate. Whether he can continue to make them a positive is shaping up to be one of the big questions of the looming general election season.
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Why is there no date for the start of the RICO trial in Georgia? — Theodore Kazmar, San Diego, California
Alan: That’s not entirely clear. The district attorney in Fulton County has proposed an August start to the racketeering trial. But Judge McAfee hasn’t settled on a date yet. Pretrial motions are still being argued and it’s possible the judge wants to complete that process before choosing a trial date. The proceedings have also been complicated by accusations from one of Trump’s co-defendants of ethical violations by the district attorney, Fani T. Willis, involving questions about her relationship with a lawyer she hired to help oversee the prosecution.