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No one is above the law in America

Former Presidents do not get a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass.

Judge Chutkan made an very important statement about the rule of law in America. How do you condense something important so that people can absorb it quickly, but still preserve all the details for those who want to learn more?

This blog describes how this GIF and audio clips in both English and Spanish were created in three hours using mostly free apps to create scripts, GIFs, AI, audio clips and translations.

No one is above the law in America. That includes former Presidents.

No lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass

"When a first-term President opts to seek a second term, his campaign to win re-election is not an official presidential act.

The Constitution’s text, structure, and history do not support that contention that the charges should be dismissed,” she wrote in her opinion. “No court—or any other branch of government—has ever accepted it. And this court will not so hold.  Whatever immunities a sitting President may enjoy, the United States has only one Chief Executive at a time, and that position does not confer a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass. Defendant’s four-year service as Commander in Chief did not bestow on him the divine right of kings to evade the criminal accountability that governs his fellow citizens.

It is well established that the First Amendment does not protect speech that is used as an instrument of a crime, and consequently the Indictment—which charges Defendant with, among other things, making statements in furtherance of a crime—does not violate Defendant’s First Amendment rights. If Trump pointed a gun at a passerby and said “stick ‘em up” as a prelude to robbing them while president, he could be prosecuted for that crime and his words would be evidence of and part of the crime. - Civil Discourse by Joyce Vance

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1. I adapted excerpts from Judge Chutkan's ruling from Joyce Vance's excellent newsletter "Civil Discourse" and converted it into a Google Document.

2. This summary was pasted into the Big Stage Teleprompter app to create a script that could be shared freely as a link. The app also provides a QR Code to the script which was used in the image. Scanning the code launches the teleprompter script.

3. Next I created a GIF of the script with the free EZGIF app.

4. The script was converted into 2 minute audio clips in both English and Spanish with the free Audyo app and uploaded to SoundCloud so they can be easily streamed.

TakeAway: Package your message to each more people in the form and language they prefer.

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Trump is not above the law

Trump is not above the law

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