Tuesday’s conviction of Donald Trump Organization on financial violations, along with the loss of presidential candidate Trump’s opponent in the Georgia Senate runoff, culminated in one of the worst days for Trump since he announced his presidential candidacy roughly three weeks ago.
The jury that heard the case brought by the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, deliberated for two days before agreeing to unanimously find all 17 counts related to a tax fraud scheme, condemning the Trump organization in its entirety.
Officials will appeal the verdict, partly due to testimony from its long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion on business gifts.
Mr. Trump said he was disappointed with the jury’s verdict and blamed the individual for functioning as a lone wolf. Still, in a post on his social media website, Truth Social, he criticized the district attorney, identified him as the culprit, and suggested he was engaged in a Witch Hunt against New York City over Fringe Benefits for Trump; this Court has never addressed a point this way before.
In Trump’s statement after the conclusion of the trial, he wrote New York City is a tough place for him to be as businesses and people depart our once Great City.
A corporation may pay a seven-figure fine, and the current judgment may endanger its future endeavors. Although punishing business isn’t punishing an individual, as Trump was neither charged nor implicated in the case, the stain of criminal activity is something Trump had sought to reverse for decades.
Between the late 1970s and 2019, when a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn investigated Trump in a possible fraud case, he avoided criminal charges. While Bragg chose not to pursue charges against Trump earlier this year, which federal prosecutors had hoped to see happen, the criminal convictions represent a defeat that Trump has never faced.
As Election Day approached, everyone’s attention turned to Georgia, where a race for governor was underway. Herschel Walker, a former professional football player member of the New Jersey Generals, a U.S. Football League team owned by President Trump in the 1980s, was challenging incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democratic senator. In the end, Mr. Warnock won a tight election.
Mr. Trump endorsed Walker during the early stages, as others in Congress were concerned about his personal history, which consisted of allegations of abuse. But Donald Trump insisted that Scott Walker would not be harmed by voters for his checkered history, appearing to see the athlete as living proof that the former U.S. president had himself transformed the politics of winning elections.
However, the runoff determined the race. Trump won with a convincing majority of African-American voters. In spite of Mr. Trump’s past claims of voting fraud, Walker’s defeat will be hard to refute.
With two prominent failures in one day, President Trump’s third campaign divulges a harsh reality about his strengths.
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, is not among the most significant routine donors but rather the latest beneficiary of the honors bestowed on donors. Nor is it popular with conservative media that he is a single focus of all media. We’ve witnessed a series of legal threats concerning him.