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‘You’re not cool’: Pundits react to Trump probe judge citing Taylor Swift’s opinion

‘You’re not cool’: Pundits react to Trump probe judge citing Taylor Swift’s opinion

‘You’re not cool’: Pundits react to Trump probe judge citing Taylor Swift’s opinion

A federal judge — who was embroiled in former President Donald Trump’s criminal case over the Jan. 6 Capitol election insurgency — took some creative license in his decision to throw out federal approval for Indiana’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Chief Justice James “Jeb” Boasberg paraphrased pop sensation Taylor Swift’s song “Exile” in the middle of his 66-page formal ruling.

“Because they’ve seen this movie before (and didn’t like the ending), the defendants are trying to let it out the side door,” the Memorandum Opinion states.

The mention was quoted at the bottom of the page to: “Taylor Swift, Exile, on Folklor (Republic Records 2020)”.

The line directly refers to the lyrics of “Exile” which features the chorus: “I think I’ve seen this movie before / And I didn’t like the ending / I’m not your problem anymore / So who do I offend now / You were my crown, now I’m in exile, I see you outside / I think I’ve seen this movie before / So I’m going out the side door.”

The judge challenged the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its 2020 approval to grant Medicaid waivers, which was introduced by former governor Mitch Daniels in 2007 and pushed further by former governor Mike Pence.

Boasberg was placed at the center of the grand jury investigations handling the trials of the Capitol rioters and specifically directed former Pence, who had been Trump’s vice president, to testify before a grand jury about his contacts with the 45 th president in the days leading up to the “Stop the Steal” protest that exploded into a massive melee.

That testimony was kept in a sealed lawsuit.

POLITICO reporter Kyle Cheney admired the move, tweeting: “Judge Boasberg delivers Taylor Swift reference in 66-page opinion overturning HHS approval of Indiana’s Medicaid waiver.”

“I didn’t think of Judge Boasberg as a Swiftie,” responded former prosecutor and MSNBC legal pundit Joyce Vance.

This is not only disrespectful to litigants, but makes the opinions harder to read,” constitutional lawyer Anthony Michael Kreis wrote Thursday. “Stop it. You’re a judge. You’re not cool. (Unless I know you personally.)”