The party of tolerance strikes again.
Every citizen in the United States has the right to “adequate representation.”
That includes the president… and former presidents.
But Democrats have gone above and beyond to threaten any lawyer who would dare work for Trump.
In fact, just days before the impeachment began, several Trump attorneys left.
It is speculated that the harassment and death threats from Democrats has something to do with it.
And now we know that one of the lead lawyers for President Trump’s impeachment defense had his HOME vandalized.
That’s right: the place where his wife and family are supposed to stay safe was vandalized by left-wing agitators.
Aside from that, he’s faced 100+ death threats.
Is this the “peace,” “unity,” and “normalcy” that the Bidens are talking about?
Is there party not guilty to inciting violence against legal defense for the president?
Where is the outcry?
More details below:
— Julie Shaw (@julieshawphilly) February 13, 2021
Former President Trump's defense attorney's home at the impeachment trial was vandalized Authorities said the house was located on the outskirts of one of former President Donald Trump's defense lawyers at the Senate impeachment trial was.. https://t.co/NmxFfh5Sku
— Nam Nguyen (@NamNguy01288167) February 14, 2021
Just watched this lawyer on YouTube, heard his home was vandalized cause he represented Trump in his interview with Newsmax. I felt so bad for him.
— Babeto ❤ (@faithomino) February 14, 2021
I have to say, I really don't like this trend of people going to officials' homes to protest. Just because you are a public official doesn't mean you give up all privacy rights.
— Christine Scott-Hayward (@cscotthayward) February 14, 2021
I see the tolerant #Left vandalized Trump's lawyers homes & went after the law clerks who worked with them, such a nice bunch
— Dallas Dietzenbach (@DallasDietzenba) February 14, 2021
This sort of intimidation is why good people don’t get into politics.
This is what made Donald Trump so special.
He’s a billionnaire.
They tried to damage him — but he has the resources to persevere.
Many others do not.
If we want more Mr. Trump’s in Washington, then we will need to fight back (figuratively, duh) against the intolerance of the “tolerant” left.
ABC News confirms the vandalism:
Vandals targeted the home of one of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers, spray-painting the word “TRAITOR” in red on his driveway in suburban Philadelphia, police said.
The vandalism occurred around 8 p.m. on Friday at attorney Michael van der Veen’s residence in West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, according to police
No arrests have been made, Detective Scott Pezick of the West Whiteland Township Police Department told The Associated Press. Pezick said private security has since been hired by the homeowner to protect the residence, and police presence has been beefed up in van der Veen’s neighborhood.
Pezick said van der Veen’s wife reported the vandalism to police.
Van der Veen spent the week in Washington, D.C., defending Trump at his impeachment trial related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building. Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday.
Van der Veen, a personal injury lawyer, spoke briefly of incident during an interview Saturday on Fox News.
“My home was attacked. I’d rather not go into that,” a visibly upset van der Veen said.
He added, “My entire family, my business, my law firm are under siege right now.”
A group of demonstrators gathered over the weekend outside of van der Veen’s law office in downtown Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. During the protest, demonstrators called van deer Veen a “fascist” and chanted, “When van der Veen lies, what do you do? Convict. Convict,” the newspaper reported.
Isn’t it funny that it appears that the vandalism only targets conservative figures?
And we’re supposedly the violent ones! Yeah, right!
First it was Rand Paul…
… Then Mitch McConnell…
Now, Trump’s lawyer.
Van der Veen's Philadelphia home has been vandalized. https://t.co/ajuZUYEMoo
— The Western Journal (@WestJournalism) February 14, 2021
Trump lawyer reveals 'TRAITOR' was spray-painted outside his home https://t.co/dR13TZD8vT
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 14, 2021
Trump defense lawyer Michael Van Der Veen on reports that his house was vandalized: "My home was attacked…my entire family, my business, my law firm are under siege right now…"
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) February 13, 2021
But it wasn’t just the vandalism.
People are trying to destroy his reputation, business, and even prevent him from running for office should he want to.
This is an all out character assault, just because he gave legal representation to President Trump.
And let us re-emphasize: representation is a RIGHT!
It is guaranteed to all American citizens!
The Philadelphia Inquirer has more details on the backlash:
Michael van der Veen hired 24-hour private security for his family after vandals smashed windows and spray-painted “TRAITOR” on the driveway of his suburban Philadelphia home Friday night. He told reporters Saturday he received more than 100 death threats.
And they acknowledged being caught off guard by the level of rancor from Trump’s critics and supporters alike — even given the country’s fiercely divided politics and how other lawyers in his orbit have fared.
“I’ve been representing controversial clients for 30 years, and I’ve never experienced this type of vitriol,” said William J. Brennan, another local member of the team whose past clients include priests accused of sexual abuse and judges facing corruption charges. “We had no political agenda here. We are not partisan warriors. We are criminal defense lawyers who represented a client.”
Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former Montgomery County commissioner and district attorney, entered the week as the nominal leader of Trump’s team — a high-profile job that had some back home wondering if it could bolster a future run for statewide office.
Instead, his rocky, rambling opening performance Tuesday drew his client’s ire and turned him into an internet punchline.
He delivered a more combative, incendiary performance, attacking Democrats for “hypocrisy” and what he described as “constitutional cancel culture.” His style was reportedly more to his client’s liking. But his testy, hectoring demeanor at the lectern turned him into a target, too.
On Saturday, a small group of protesters gathered outside his Center City law firm. They left “VAN DER VEEN = LIAR” scrawled in chalk on the street.
On Facebook, the firm’s page turned into a toxic stew of invective.
“Michael van der Veen is ranting on my television screen — the new shame of Philadelphia,” one commenter wrote, as another added: “This entire firm should be shut down and every single one of you should lose your license.”
Even firms the attorneys left long ago weren’t spared. One of Castor’s old employers said his office was inundated with emails and phone calls for days from people around the country looking to roast Castor for either defending Trump in the first place — or for delivering a defense that Trump supporters deemed subpar.
The employer, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of further backlash, said he had to assure some clients that Castor is long gone to persuade them not to withdraw their business.
The overwhelming reaction might explain van der Veen’s puzzling comment on the Senate floor Friday night, when he bemoaned to a room full of lawmakers — who had been forced to flee for their lives from an angry mob on Jan. 6 — that the trial had been “the most miserable experience I’ve had here down in Washington, D.C.”
Or the ire with which he responded Saturday to debate over whether to call witnesses, demanding that if Democrats were going to depose key figures, he wanted to question at least 100 people — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris — at his office in “Philly-delphia.”
That suggestion — along with his singular pronunciation of the city from which he hails — drew bipartisan guffaws.
“I don’t know why you’re laughing,” van der Veen shouted at senators. “This is civil process. That is the way lawyers do it.”
The belief that this case — which is as much a political proceeding as a legal one — should play out like a bigger version of the criminal and civil trials they’ve handled in Philadelphia courtrooms for years may explain their apparent unpreparedness for the magnitude of the reaction.
None of them came to Trump’s trial with significant political experience in Washington or a deep background in constitutional scholarship. Castor and van der Veen’s firm is primarily focused on personal injury and criminal defense cases.
In the courts where those cases are tried, clients come and go. Trial lawyers endorse positions often abandoned as soon as the final banging of the gavel.
Van der Veen, for instance, sued Trump on behalf of a client last year and argued he was seeking to suppress Democratic votes, before taking on the former president’s impeachment case.
“We would have put the same effort into this trial whether the client’s name was Donald Trump or Donald Duck,” said Brennan. “This was about constitutionally guaranteed representation for a defendant who has a right to counsel and nothing more.”
But impeachment is not like any other trial. Trump was not just any other client. And this was not just any other case.
The question now facing his attorneys is will the rest of the world allow them to forget it?
The left MUST stop bullying and denigrating the civil, legal process that our country embraces.
If they are not afraid to bully the most powerful among us, then what’s to stop them from coming after you?
Fortunately, President Trump exposed the depth and corruption of the swamp.
It’s our job to keep draining it.
And who knows…
Perhaps President Trump will be back one day to finish the job once and for all!