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Former President Donald Trump runs for reelection amid serious 2022 legal repercussions. 

Wednesday September 27th; Trump speaks to crowds of Auto-worker Union members. The Republican candidate forewent the preliminary debate to speak in Michigan. To the disdain of his fellow Republican Candidates; “He should be on this stage tonight,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The call to action is not unwarranted however, DeSantis; “He owes it to you to defend his record where they added $7.8 trillion (about $24,000 per person in the US) to the debt. That set the stage for the inflation we have now.” Does Donald Trump stand to gain the fervor of Autoworkers? Trump has been historically meek when it comes to going up and speaking to Unionized Autoworkers. It’s not surprising that the big business billionaire would not garner much attention from the working class that his practices oppose. Union Leader Shawn Fain says, “I see no point in meeting with him because I don’t think the man has any bit of care about what our workers stand for, what the working class stands for.” 

Oostang, J. (n.d.). Former President Donald Trump appealed to striking auto workers Wednesday in a Detroit-area speech. photograph, Detroit. 

So is Trump taking this election seriously if he has skipped what should be the necessary preliminaries? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures.  September 28th , the day after the Michigan speech, the New York State court of appeals denies Trump and his lawyers bid to delay his trial. Currently, Trump has been charged with fraud due to financial statements regarding his real estate properties. An unnamed judge said the statements created “a fantasy world” were Trump properties were overvalued by egregious proportions; as much as 1000%. As a result, Donald Trump has been stripped on many of his companies, such as Trump tower. The former president currently faces four criminal cases.  

Wenig, S. (n.d.). Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court, April 4, 2023, in New York. photograph, New York. 

Finally, September 29th, A liberal group in Michigan filed an insurrection lawsuit against Donald Trump which would bar him from running for office. Free Speech for People argues that to overturn his 2020 loss and subsequent encouragement for the January 6th Capitol attack, Trump violated section three of the 14th amendment. The basic legalese is that Trump swore an oath to uphold the constitution, then insurrected when he engaged in his token risqué manner, thus he is barred from holding office. Trump has pushed back on similar suits, claiming they violate his freedom of speech rights. The U.S. supreme court has never ruled on this specific provision; however the ruling may be purely demonstrational because the significance of the suit lies in its location. Free Speech for People filed the suit in Michigan, a swing state, so combatting the court of so many states while still gaining votes will surely be a challenging feat to perform twice. 

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