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Trump slams 'very unfair' trial after being found guilty

In the aftermath of his historic guilty verdict à New York which plunges the American presidential election into the unknown, Donald Trump castigated a "veryèunjust" from his Manhattan skyscraper.

“We are going to appeal this scam”, launched the Republican from the lobby of his Trump Tower, protesting against an “unfair” decision and a rigged trial.

In a disjointed speech lasting more than 30 minutes, the billionaire also accused outgoing President Joe Biden and his “gang” of being “sick” and “fascists” responsible for his legal setbacks.

In front of Trump Tower, a handful of his supporters gathered in a show of support, while some passers-by gave the finger in front of the entrance of the skyscraper.

“The real verdict will take place on November 5, by the American people,” Donald Trump had already assured Thursday in front of the cameras after being found guilty of all the charges against him in this criminal trial, the first of a former American president.

“I am a political prisoner”, he also launched in an appeal for donations published in the wake of the court decision .

The latter collected $34.8 million in donations in a few hours, according to his campaign, “almost double the largest day ever recorded” on the platform.

Trump slams 'very unfair' trial after being found guilty

Trump Tower in Manhattan, May 31, 2024 © AFP – Kena Betancur

In contrast, his rival Joe Biden has been discreet. “We saw today in New York that no one is above the law,” his campaign team commented Thursday, while the president, who was with his family on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of his eldest son, did not personally react.

But the Democrat, who must juggle on Friday between an interview with the Belgian Prime Minister and celebrating the Super Bowl champions, could then release a few words to the press about this resounding verdict.

Abroad, certain leaders have shown their support for Donald Trump, such as the far-right Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini who denounced “judicial harassment” and a “political trial”.

The Kremlin, through its spokesperson Dmitri Peskov, denounced an “elimination of political adversaries” in the United States.

While traveling in Prague, the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken assured that these accusations from Moscow were only a “reflection” of Russia's own behavior in this matter.

– History –

While Donald Trump's guilty verdict is historic, it does not prevent him from running for president, and its impact on the vote remains difficult to predict.

Trump slams 'very unfair' trial after being found guilty

US President Joe Biden attends a campaign rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 2024. © AFP – Mandel NGAN

So far, the polls show Joe Biden neck and neck with Donald Trump, even the Democrat trailing behind in certain strategic states.

And this verdict “probably won't not move many votes,” predicts Keith Gaddie, a political scientist at TCU University in Texas. But for elections “particularly close, this could tip things from one side to the other”.

The fact remains that Donald Trump has proven, over the last few years, his resistance to the ordeals which would have destroyed the political careers of many: indicted twice before Congress and indicted in four criminal cases, including that of New York, he nevertheless widely and quickly imposed himself during the primaries as the Republican candidate for the November election.

And the Stormy Daniels case, which was considered the least threatening for him, will most likely be the only one judged before the election.

Trump slams 'very unfair' trial after being found guilty

Supporters of Donald Trump near his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, May 30, 2024 © AFP – Chandan KHANNA

Deprived of a campaign on the ground to attend the hearings, Donald Trump still tried to take advantage of the media by speaking several times a day outside the courtroom, flanked of his children or elected Republican officials who came to support him.

But this legal sequence could also benefit Joe Biden, who intends to strengthen his image as a serious leader, busy with highest affairs of the State while his rival continues legal meetings.

The president must therefore speak Friday afternoon on the situation in the Middle Orient.

And the sentencing of Donald Trump will fall on July 11, coinciding with a NATO summit in Washington, an opportunity for Joe Biden to mark its presence on the international scene.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116