Monday, October 16, 2023

Trump gag order - 'Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?'

"Because he is running for president, he gets to make threats?" Judge Tanya Chutkan asked Trump's lawyers before issuing the gag order. Her ruling prevents Trump from posting or reposting attacks against special counsel Jack Smith, his staff, court staff or personnel. Trump has been formally ordered to stop attacking potential witnesses against him.
"Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" (also "troublesome priest" or "meddlesome priest") is a quote attributed to Henry II of England preceding the death of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170. 4 of his knights killed the cleric after the comments.
The phrase is used today to express that a ruler's wish may be interpreted as a command by his subordinates. "What miserable drones and traitors have I nurtured and promoted in my household who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric!" After the murder, Becket was venerated and Henry was vilified.