Trump Disagrees with Verdict and Plans to Appeal
Former President Donald Trump expressed his strong disagreement with the recent federal jury verdict that ordered him to pay $83.3 million in a defamation lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll. The jury found that while Trump was not liable for rape, he was liable for sexual abuse and defamation. Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to voice his discontent with the verdict, calling it “absolutely ridiculous.” He also criticized the legal system, stating that it is being used as a political weapon and infringing on First Amendment rights.
Supporters Rally Behind Trump
Notable figures such as Rev. Franklin Graham and Mike Davis voiced their support for Trump, claiming that the verdict was part of a larger Democratic effort to target and undermine him. Graham denounced the trial as a “Biden Directed Witch Hunt,” while Davis referred to it as “lawfare and election interference against Trump.” Others, like conservative commentator Benny Johnson, also denounced the verdict, stating that the government had weaponized itself against Trump.
Celebration and Defiance from Carroll
E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of raping her in 1996, celebrated the jury’s ruling as a “great victory” for women who come forward with claims. She expressed gratitude towards her legal team and emphasized the significance of standing up against powerful individuals. Attorney Robbie Kaplan, representing Carroll, stated that the verdict demonstrated that the law applies to everyone, including former presidents.
Controversial Verdict Sparks Debate
The jury’s decision has ignited a debate among legal experts and commentators. Some, like OutKick founder Clay Travis, criticized the verdict, stating that it sets a dangerous precedent by making it defamatory to deny committing a crime. Others, like Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, saw the ruling as a reason to distance themselves from Trump and focus on more pressing issues, such as border security and inflation.
Trump Plans to Appeal
Despite the jury’s decision, Trump plans to appeal the verdict. His legal team has expressed concerns about the fairness of the trial process and will seek to overturn the ruling. The case continues to be closely watched as it unfolds.