Judges are usually sticklers for being addressed with honorifics for their position and have jailed people for failing to call them your honor or judge.

Former President Donald Trump appeared in a Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday for arraignment on new charges by Jack Smith.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya presided over the arraignment and electrified reporters and onlookers after she referred to the former president as Mr. Trump.

It is unlikely Upadhyaya would have appreciated Trump addressing her as Moxila or Ms. Upadhyaya, which prompted social media users to claim the magistrate’s use of Mr. was an intentional slight.

The judge’s refusal to show deference provided to all other presidents was not the only slight Trump suffered Thursday. Upadhyaya forced Trump to wait about 20 minutes in the courtroom before beginning the hearing.

The 45th president of the United States was in court for federal charges tied to allegations of 2020 election interference and the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

He pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Social media quickly buzzed with divided opinions regarding the judge’s addressing the former president without using his past presidential title.


Some critics saw the omission of Mr. President as a slight toward Trump, while others suggested it was merely adherence to courtroom protocol.

“Every other president would have been addressed as ‘President’ not ‘Mr.,’” said Daily Caller naitional correspondent Henry Rodgers in a tweet. “Let’s be real.”

“Donald Trump’s lawyer says, ‘President Trump’ is present,” noted MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin. “Judge Upadhyaya says, ‘Good afternoon, Mr. Trump.’”

Neither the former president or his team have issued a statement regarding the judge’s failure to respect the office of the presidency when addressing the former officeholder, Fox reported.

The trial is scheduled to commence on August 28, with Judge Tanya Chutkan presiding over the proceedings.

Upadhyaya ordered Trump not to communicate about the case with any witnesses unless he did it through, or in the presence of, an attorney, according to a New York Times report.

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