Jack Smith uses Trump Glock 'stunt' to push gag order

October 1, 2023

Special Counsel Jack Smith is trying to use a misinterpretation of former President Donald Trump's admiration of a custom Glock firearm with his picture on it to push for a restrictive gag order against him as well as a possible violation of his terms of release after being indicted.

Smith argued in a Friday court filing to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan that he didn't think Trump should be allowed to "obtain the benefits of his incendiary public states" and then "avoid accountability" through "feign[ed] retraction."

The filing refers in part to an incident where Trump admired a Glock firearm that had his likeness on it. During an appearance at the gun store that sold it, Trump said he wanted to buy it.

That led his spokesman Steven Cheung to mistakenly post on social media that Trump did buy the Glock, which Trump is not allowed to do according to the law while he is facing federal charges.

Cheung then retracted the statement and deleted it from social media because Trump did not actually buy the Glock.

It's the sort of thing that happens often with the social media of well-known figures, but of course, it means that Trump either needs to be gagged or go back to jail -- because he's Trump and he's never allowed to make a mistake without someone throwing the book at him.

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