Think of the City of Groton, CT, as the canary in the coal mine.
The New London Day newspaper reported today that all of the Republicans slated to run for local office in May in the City of Groton have withdrawn due to concern about a “hostile and threatening” environment for Republicans created by “increased, nationally publicized threats, intimidation and bullying of Republicans by many liberal Democrats… “
Miners put canaries in coal mines to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases before they hurt humans. The oxygen required for a healthy democracy is the willingness of people to run for political office so that voters have a choice over competing ideas. What happens when one political party can’t get candidates to run for office?
If the City of Groton is any indication, America’s Democracy is suffocating.
The City of Groton’s Republican Committee states in a press release that the candidates who withdrew expressed concern for the “safety and welfare of themselves and their family” and fear of being “subjected to unjustified public ridicule and embarrassment by Democrats supporting the liberal left…”
The Capitol Building break-in on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., exacerbated an existing atmosphere of negativity toward Republicans “whether they supported Donald Trump or not during the 2020 elections,” states the press release.
Not only is the outcome of presidential election tarnished by doubt but so is the American legal system, which acted in near lock step to avoid addressing evidence of election fraud.
That was the testimony at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday by attorneys for GOP President Donald Trump.
They said a campaign of intimidation directed by leftists and anti-Trumpers against lawyers representing Trump also had an impact on judges.
“We have to acknowledge the court system has been deeply intimidated by the left, just as the lawyers have been intimidated. That is a sad, sad state of affairs,” said former Judge James Troupis, who is Trump’s campaign attorney in Wisconsin.
No one is challenging the blatant intimidation of attorneys who represented Trump. Among other things, a group called The Lincoln Project called on clients to stop working with big firms that represented Trump and shared the phone number and email addresses of Trump/GOP attorneys. Moreover, there currently are calls to boycott Trump attorneys and to challenge their law licenses.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has done nothing to stand up for civility rules that are at the heart of attorney code of ethics. The ABA did not respond Wednesday when asked for comment.
Once again, the legal profession has cloaked itself in infamy by capitulating to public pressure and abandoning the efforts of President Donald Trump and the GOP to insure the integrity of the American election.
A group of rabid anti-Trump Republican consultants called The Lincoln Project earlier this month announced a $500,000 advertising campaign. The aim was to persuade employees of law firms representing Trump to resign and to call on clients to stop working with firms. Twitter subsequently removed posts in which The Lincoln Project shared the phone number and emails addresses of Trump/GOP attorneys.
By any measure, the campaign was wildly successful. It appears that Trump is now without legal counsel with any significant experience in election law.
Now the question is – what’s off limits going forward? Will The Lincoln Project and its ilk target judges who agree to consider election lawsuits? Aren’t they also contributing to the downfall of democracy as we know it?
Big Firms Dump Trump
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur of Columbus OH, caved immediately. It withdrew from a federal lawsuit it had filed three days earlier on behalf of the Republican Party in Philadelphia. Such a move is devastating to both the lawsuit and the client but, in its withdrawal motion, Porter Wright said the plaintiffs would be “best served” if it resigned. Forbes reports that Porter Wright received more than $580,000 in legal fees from the Trump campaign since June.