Threatening and harassing the Georgia grand jurors: The fascist threat of Trump and his supporters to American democracy

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1) Rozina Sabur and Benedict Smith, “Trump supporters publish jurors’ names and addresses; Fringe website shares personal details after vote in favour of bringing racketeering charges against former president,” The Telegraph, August 17, 2023 (5:57 pm);

2) Anna Betts, James C. McKinley Jr. and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, “Officials Investigate Threats Against Trump Grand Jurors in Georgia; Some of the jurors’ identities have been shared on social media, with suggestions that they be harassed or made ‘infamous’,” New York Times, August 17, 2023 (Updated 4:53 p.m. ET;


Publication of the names of the grand jurors sitting on the panel that indicted Donald Trump and 18 co-conspirators for multiple crimes related to their goal of overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election is required in an indictment in Georgia. But threats againsy or harassment of those grand jurors is a crime. In the present context such actions constitute part of tge fascist threat against democracy in America.

Republicans in particular, including Donald Trump, should denounce any harassment or threats against the Georgia grand jurors in the strongest possible terms.

Any failure to do so will simply confirm that they are complicit, and themselves part of the fascist threat.

Law enforcement officials in Geogia and the FBI should immediately launch full-scale criminal investigations into those responsible for any attempts tomharass or threaten the grand jurors.

As the convictions of members of the January 6 mob demonstrate, prison sentences can be a strong deterrent against illegal actions by Trump’s supporters.

These are Nazi tactics. The tbreat of fascism in America is palpable and very real.

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