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Georgia Trump Trial: Will #SleepyDon Stay Awake?

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Trump's mug shot after his Georgia arrest.

Since #SleepyDon has had trouble staying awake in his New York Stormy Daniels hush money trial, what will happen during the Georgia election interference trial? Will #SleepyDonald manage to keep his eyes open during that one? With his future and freedom at stake, you'd think Trump could at least stay awake.

However, as legal commentator Tristan Snell posted, "Looks like Sleepy Don is too old and low-energy to be president." So, will #SleepyDon stay awake in Georgia? We shall see.

As the Georgia election interference case against #SleepyDonald unfolds, the political atmosphere in Fulton County is becoming increasingly heated with a notable electoral contest for the position of clerk of the court that could have national implications.

The Clerk of Courts Race

In that race, the incumbent, Che Alexander, who took office in June 2023, faces a challenge by former Georgia state Rep. Keisha Waites, who brings her own substantial experience to the table.

The intricate nature of the Trump Georgia election case, which has significantly heightened public and media scrutiny of the clerk of court race, became even more convoluted with recent developments surrounding the premature disclosure of charges against Trump prior to grand jury approval, increasing scrutiny of the role of Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts.

In a candid admission to WSB-TV, Alexander acknowledged the responsibility for the "mishap," which saw a list of 13 counts against Trump posted on the court's website hours before the grand jury's formal endorsement. The document's premature appearance was subsequently retracted, but not before publication by Reuters, which led to an initial mischaracterization by Alexander's office, describing the document as "fictitious." Alexander later clarified this description, noting the absence of an official stamp as a factor in the document's initial dismissal as unreal.

The eventual confirmation of the charges by the grand jury, mirroring those prematurely posted, ignited a furor among Trump's supporters and defense team. Attorneys Drew Findling and Jennifer Little accused the Fulton County District Attorney's Office of disrespecting the grand jury process, suggesting the leak was not merely an administrative error but indicative of deeper constitutional issues within the case. They argued that the proposed indictment, by virtue of its premature assignment of a case number and judge, highlighted systemic flaws and a disregard for procedural integrity.

Alexander's explanation of the circumstances leading to the leak sheds light on the clerk's office's operational pressures. She described an attempt at a "dry run" to ensure the swift posting of any potential indictment, which inadvertently led to the document being saved to a press queue rather than remaining internal. As Alexander admitted, this error stemmed from a mis-click that escalated into a significant procedural controversy.

The premature leak and its fallout spotlights the Fulton County Clerk of Court's role in such high-stakes environments -- and reflects on the broader narrative of election integrity and the legal system's capacity to navigate the delicate balance between political actions and criminal accountability. This incident, set against the backdrop of the infamous call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, further emphasizes the pivotal moments in Georgia's legal history and the ongoing scrutiny of the electoral process's integrity.

The Challenger

Having served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2012 to 2017, Waites has a history of political involvement and public service. Among her initiatives were proposals for Atlanta apartment complexes to adopt comprehensive security plans, establishing a curfew for teenagers, and sponsoring an ordinance to incorporate Atlanta's racial history into educational curriculums. Her advocacy reflected a consistent commitment to addressing pivotal issues affecting the city's diverse communities.

Waites has expressed her deep concerns about the current state of the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk's office.  Waites criticizes the leadership under Alexander, pointing out issues of low employee morale, disarray due to high turnover, and a hostile working environment. Further, she condemns the premature disclosure of charges against Donald Trump by Alexander's office as a breach of duty, indicating a pursuit of personal fame at the expense of confidentiality and integrity.

Before her role on the City Council, Waites served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives for District 60, encompassing southeast Atlanta and several neighboring cities. Her legislative work included contributions to public safety, transportation, and juvenile justice, showcasing a broad understanding of the state's multifaceted policy landscape.

Notably, Waites was instrumental in authoring House Bill 54, the "Fallen Hero" Bill, which aimed to provide tuition assistance to the children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, further emphasizing her commitment to community support and public service.

In addition, Waites has significant experience in emergency management, having held senior leadership positions at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Her contributions to disaster recovery and resilience planning, particularly in response to hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Katrina, further underscore her crisis management capabilities. Waites' ambition and dedication to public service were also evident in her candidacy for the U.S. House Georgia District 5 in 2020.

Alexander and Waites's leadership and administrative skills will be closely scrutinized in the context of Fulton County's ongoing legal and political developments. The electoral contest between them is not just a competition of individual merits, but a reflection of their commitment to public service and the broader narrative surrounding election integrity and justice administration in Georgia.

As the Trump case continues to unfold, the significance of the Fulton County Clerk of Court's role in maintaining election integrity and administering justice remains prominently in the public eye, underscoring the importance of this election within Georgia's political landscape.

Will #SleepyDon Stay Awake?

Question: Since #SleepyDon has had trouble staying awake in his New York Stormy Daniels hush money trial, what will happen when the Georgia election interference trial opens? Will #SleepyDonald manage to keep his eyes open during that one? You'd think that with his future and freedom at stake, Trump could at least stay awake.

As legal commentator Tristan Snell posted, "Looks like Sleepy Don is too old and low-energy to be president."




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