Monday, February 19, 2024

How Trump's Lawyer Should Have Reacted to Fani Willis's Eruption, "I’m not going to emasculate a black man!"

At one point, right after trying to pull heart strings by stating that Nathan Wade "had a form of cancer" (so "that makes your allegations somewhat ridiculous"), Fani Willis erupted, "I’m not going to emasculate a black man!" 

At another point in the trial, Fani Willis went ballistic again: "These people are on trial for trying to steal an election in 2020!" When Judge Scott McAfee stated that "Your interests are opposed to" those of Trump lawyer Ashleigh Merchant, the Fulton County District Attorney retorted that "Ms. Merchant's interests are contrary to democracy, your Honor, not to mine," Willis responded.

In the second case, one of the Trump lawyers should have interjected, 

"How about Stacy Abrams? Are you going to defend democracy by indicting her for challenging the results of the governor's race?"
More importantly, regarding the first case, the dialogue went as follows:

• Steve Sadow (ironical): "I do appreciate the characterization"
Fani Willis: "I’m not going to emasculate a black man, but I, I'm just telling you that—
• Steve Sadow: "I'm sorry, what?!"
Fani Willis: "I’m not going to emasculate [pause for effect] a black man! Did you understand that?!”

The only thing that Donald Trump's other lawyer should have responded at that point is this: 

"Are we to understand that you are willing (perhaps even eager) to emasculate a white man?" 

Or, rather, a Republican (irrespective of sex and skin color). In fact, it would have been even better had Donald Trump in person been in the Georgia courthouse and interrupted the proceedings with his deadpan sotto voce deliverance, "It's only white men that she likes to emasculate…" 

Oh, if Trump had responded that way, we would have seen the Fulton County District Attorney go totally berserk! (Wouldn't have been worth the rebuke — even an ouster? — that Trump would have gotten for his interruption?)