Trump’s legal woes, which include a trademark issue over a satirical reference to Trump’s genitalia, will be heard by the Supreme Court. Since he was defeated for reelection in 2020, Trump’s legal woes may be summed up, ironically, by the teeshirt slogan “Trump Too Small” in the eyes of the Supreme Court.
Since becoming the first president or former president to face criminal charges, Trump has not formally asked the justices to intervene in his criminal trials. However, he pleaded with the highest court to stop the flood of criminal prosecutions. Rapid emergency appeals are inevitable in response to the federal judge’s gag order on Trump, and arguments over whether Trump has immunity from prosecution appear headed for the Supreme Court.
The court is conservative, and three of the nine judges were appointed by Trump, so it is difficult to predict how they would rule on these matters. Although Trump was in office when California labor attorney Steve Elster applied to trademark the phrase “Trump Too Small” for use on shirts and other apparel, the Patent and Trademark Office denied the application, and the case is now before the Supreme Court.
Trump is not a party to the case.
Since the 2020 election, the Supreme Court has been unwilling to consider cases involving President Trump, including those contesting the vote’s legitimacy and Trump’s attempt to keep White House classified records.
Trump wants the federal election subversion case thrown out entirely on the grounds that he has “total immunity” for his actions in office.
A fight over a gag order issued to Donald Trump might reach the Supreme Court within the next several weeks. Trump and his legal team are claiming it violates his First Amendment rights. Trump has asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the gag order, but if it doesn’t, he’s prepared to take it to the highest court in the land.
The greatest 2024-election-related court fight is a continuing series of cases to knock Trump off primary and general election ballots in numerous states.
Legal efforts rely on a section of the 14th Amendment, saying that Trump backed an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, and is barred from holding office again. At this time, at least 20 states are considering legal challenges, arguing Trump is unable to run due to his behavior following the 2020 election.