The Supreme Court just shut down weaponization of government in a ruling that could hand Donald Trump final vindication

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Democrats have turned weaponizing the government into a tool of their political arsenal. 

But one attempt even crossed a bright red line for Democrats. 

And the Supreme Court just shut down weaponization of government in a ruling that could hand Donald Trump final vindication.

New York State targets the NRA

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been a boogeyman for the Left for decades.

After the 2018 Parkland shooting, anti-gunners put the gun rights organization in their crosshairs.

Gun control activists began a pressure campaign against insurance companies and other businesses that the NRA worked with to drop their affiliation with them.

The NRA was offering Carry Guard insurance that paid the bills for customers involved in a shooting made in self-defense.

Several insurance companies ended their relationship with the NRA after the gun control groups pressured them.

New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Maria T. Vullo picked up with their gun control activists left off.

She used the power of her department to send letters to insurance companies and banks warning them about working with the NRA and other gun control groups.

The then-Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo (D), issued a press release telling banks and insurance companies to drop their relationship with the NRA. 

This was a government-led intimidation against the gun rights group.

That’s why the NRA sued Vullo, Cuomo, and DFS for violating the group’s First Amendment rights in 2018.

Supreme Court unanimously sides with the NRA in its lawsuit

The thuggish conduct of New York and its government officials was so beyond the pale that the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out in support of the NRA.

NRA attorney David Cole argued in federal appeals court that New York state’s coercion represented a violation of the First Amendment.

“This was not about enforcing insurance law or mere government speech,” Cole said. “It was a campaign by the state’s highest political officials to use their power to coerce a boycott of a political advocacy organization because they disagreed with its advocacy.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit shot down the NRA’s First Amendment argument and claimed that Vullo had immunity anyway.

And the NRA appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a stunner, the Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous decision that the First Amendment rights of the NRA had been violated in the case NRA v. Vullo.

New York was so far out of bounds that three Democrat-appointed Justices on the High Court sided with the NRA. 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor – who was appointed by former President Barack Obama – wrote the opinion for the majority. 

“A government official can share her views freely and criticize particular beliefs, and she can do so forcefully in the hopes of persuading others to follow her lead,” Sotomayor wrote.

Arguably the most left-wing Justice on the High Court admitted that New York weaponized the government against the NRA.

“In doing so, she can rely on the merits and force of her ideas, the strength of her convictions, and her ability to inspire others. What she cannot do, however, is use the power of the State to punish or suppress disfavored expression,” Sotomayor added.

The Supreme Court struck a rare blow against the Democrats‘ weaponization of the government against their political opponents.

And that could bode well for the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately vindicate Donald Trump.

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