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Jack Smith

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John Luman Smith, commonly known as Jack Smith, is an American attorney who is famous for his experience in bringing high-stakes cases against politicians in the United States. In November 2022, he was appointed to investigate former President Donald J. Trump, which inspired a series of photoshopped edits using Smith's face in a wide array of memes about Trump's Capitol Insurrection indictment.


Jack Smith was born on June 5th, 1969, and lived in Clay, New York, a suburb of Syracuse. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1991[1] and joined the Manhattan District Attorney's office shortly after, serving as assistant district attorney.

On November 18th, 2022, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee Donald Trump's criminal investigations regarding the January 6th Capitol Attack and alleged mishandling and storage of classified documents. On November 19th, 2022, the CNN[2] YouTube channel uploaded a video talking about the attorney's career (shown below), which garnered over 140,000 views and 2,200 likes in 10 months.

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The news about Jack Smith's appointment to oversee Donald Trump's criminal investigations was widely spread around the world, subsequently inspiring various memes and photoshopped images using the attorney's face throughout late 2022 and 2023. For example, on November 22nd, 2022, Stephen Colbert [3] compared Jack Smith to Superman villain General Zod on The Late Show. The video (shown below) garnered roughly 2 million views and 40,000 likes in 10 months.

On June 11th, 2023, Twitter[4] user posted a photoshopped Jaws poster parody replacing the shark with Smith's face and Trump as a baby floating. The post (shown below, left) received over 1,700 likes and 427 retweets in two months. On March 22nd, Twitter[5] user @namwella1961 posted a photoshopped picture of Jack Smith paired with the overlay text "I'm Jack Smith, I take down big time criminals for a living. It's time to end this circus." The post received over 2,400 likes and 783 retweets in six months (shown below, right).


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saywhatnow? C @saywhatnowyall. Follow Jack Smith's Trump #HunterBiden Laptop #TrumpIndictment Watching Trumps peny 134 indictments.. BIDEN HARRIS 2024 5:38 PM Aug 2, 2023 HUNTER Reply ↑ Share X Devin Duke @sirDukeDevin Follow H-------- I need this Jack Smith flag. 3 LINE JACK S Last edited 11:55 AM. Aug 2, 2023 Reply 1, Share 869 X

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in reply to DavidM

i think it has less to do with trump as a unique individual and much more to do so with the historical precedents set:

First open prosecution of a former president for acts committed while in office
First case of a president being accused of mishandling literally thousands of documents
First case of a president being accused of interfering with the democratic election process, expressed through federal charges
First president twice impeached
Unprecedented amount of shooting himself in the foot (even more than Nixon who literally recorded everything)
Unprecedented amount of stubbornness (Nixon quit when he realized the tapes were damning enough! And the evidence here is extremely damning for Trump!)


This is Mueller all over again. People pinning their political hopes and dreams to a single person is a bad decision.

It seems more likely than the last few times that maybe something will stick to Trump, but I'm not holding my breath either way.


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