Supreme Court Opts To Hear Trump Immunity Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that they will hear Trump’s case requesting presidential immunity from prosecution for the Jan. 6 demonstration at the Capitol. The case will be heard in April.

The Jan. 6 protests, commonly mischaracterized as a violent uprising, insurrection and attack on democracy, was a demonstration in which one protester lost her life after being shot by Capitol Police after protesters outside the capitol building were allowed to enter by authorities.

Some protesters at the scene were recorded wrestling with police officers, and several more were seen destroying public property around the building.

Trump has faced a slew of legal trouble over the protest, despite not being there and never calling for violence and not even being present at the Capitol building.

The prosecution claims that Trump’s frequent use of the word “fight” when telling supporters to stand up for their beliefs, (by no means an uncommon use of the word) and the fact that he only called for the protests to be specifically peaceful once, contained a hidden message toward his supporters, encouraging them to be violent.

While Trump is facing criminal charges for a protest he wasn’t present at, he’s getting off easily compared to protesters, many of whom were detained for extended periods without trial or pushed to accept plea deals characterizing the protests as violent.

Whether Trump can claim presidential immunity is a difficult question, made even more difficult by the fact that the Jan. 6 case itself is particularly vague. Trump’s actions that are being called into question mostly entail questioning whether the results of an election were correct, and suggesting that his supporters peaceably assemble.

Both of those actions are protected by the bill of rights, but calling on presidential immunity would require that Trump’s attorneys prove that the actions loosely fall under his duties as president. Whether it’s the duty of the president to question government actions he believes to be unfair will likely be the primary argument in this case.

Liberals online, who generally view the protests as a violent uprising against the United States government, are enraged that the Supreme Court would even choose to listen to the case.

Trump has expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court for choosing to hear his case.

Trump’s supporters are hopeful that the Supreme Court proceedings will end the January 6 case, or at least delay it until after the election.