The manner in which the U.S. magistrate judge addressed former President Donald Trump during his arraignment on additional charges on Thursday in her federal courtroom in Washington, D.C. has gone viral on social media.
As she entered the courtroom to superintend over the proceedings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhaya referred to the former president as “Mr. Trump.”
According to Fox News, Trump pleaded not guilty to all four federal offenses related to the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021 and special counsel Jack Smith’s interference in the 2020 presidential election.
Some observers and journalists speculated whether Trump would object to not being addressed as “Mr. President” in light of the informal greeting.
“If there is one thing I know Trump loves that he’s called Mr. President now,” tweeted ABC Executive Editorial Producer John Santucci.
Victor Shi, a leftist analyst, said: “No mention of Donald Trump being former president. No special treatment. Treating him as just another man in a Courtroom. This is the rule of law at its best.”
Others, though, chastised the judge for his lack of deference. “Every other president would have been addressed as ‘President’ not ‘Mr.’… Let’s be real,” Henry Rodgers, the top national correspondent for the Daily Caller, tweeted.
Numerous individuals, however, cited etiquette guides as evidence that the judge may have followed protocol in this case. Fox News reported that “Mr. President” is typically reserved for formal contexts and the current occupant of the office.
Collins: I am told that one thing that irked him particularly was during that hearing today when the magistrate judge referred to him as simply Mr. Trump pic.twitter.com/XPqoy8Wki8
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 4, 2023
The trial will be officiated over by United States District Judge Tanya Chutkan. Upadhaya reports that Chutkan plans to schedule the trial for August 28.
Chutkan, an Obama appointee, has been dubbed “the toughest punisher” of the January 6 rioters, but she also has a questionable track record. In addition, she worked for a law firm associated with Hunter Biden, according to the Daily Mail.
Last year, Chutkan was the subject of a laudatory article by The Associated Press, which stated: “Chutkan has imposed harsher sentences than the Justice Department requested in seven cases, matched its requests in four others, and incarcerated all eleven riot defendants who have appeared before her.”
According to the article published under the headline “In Jan. 6 cases, 1 judge stands out as the harshest punishment,” Chutkan handed down sentences ranging from 14 to 45 days in four of the cases.
Chutkan also imprisoned “an Ohio couple who climbed through a broken window of the U.S. Capitol” despite the fact that the prosecution was not seeking it.
A Texas mortgage broker who “took a selfie in front of rioters breaking into the building” and an Indiana hair salon owner who “celebrated on Facebook a day after she joined the pro-Donald Trump mob” are among those fac
The following was introduced by the Daily Mail:
Chutkan worked at the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner between 2002 and 2014, when she was confirmed as a federal judge.
Boies Schiller has strong ties to the Democratic Party, and from 2009 to 2014, Hunter Biden, whose father is anticipated to challenge Trump in the 2024 election, was a counsel at the firm.
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