Trump Blasts “Rigged” Trial, Says He’s a “Political Prisoner” and Will Fight Guilty Conviction

By: Julia Mehalko | Published: May 31, 2024

Former President Donald Trump recently claimed that he was innocent and will fight his guilty conviction in his “hush money” trial. After calling the trial “rigged”, Trump also shared thoughts that he was a “political prisoner” on social media.

These brand new comments from the former president come only one day after a jury found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts.

A Guilty Verdict

On Thursday, a 12-person jury in New York found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts. The jury found that the former president illegally falsified business records.

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All of these business records were an attempt to hide the $130,000 payment he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.


A Historic Moment in American History

After the jury unanimously found Trump guilty of these charges, many analysts claimed that it was a historic moment in American history, simply because this has never happened before.

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Trump has now become the first former president to ever be convicted of a crime. Trump is now considered a convicted felon.

An Upcoming Sentencing

Though the jury found Trump guilty, Justice Juan Merchan, the judge in this case, must sentence the former president.

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This upcoming sentencing is currently scheduled for July 11 — which is only four days before the Republican National Convention. During this RNC convention, Trump will officially become the Republican party’s nominee for the general election of the presidential race.

Trump Comments on His Guilty Verdict

After the jury found Trump guilty on all felony counts, Trump quickly walked out of the courthouse to denounce the entire trial, calling it a “disgrace.”

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Trump also repeatedly said that he was innocent. These comments come after weeks of similar remarks made by Trump throughout this entire “hush money” trial.

A Political Prisoner?

Trump also took to social media to further share his opinion on his guilty verdict, along the way claiming that he is a political prisoner.

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These political prisoner comments came shortly after Trump became a convicted felon, as a graphic on his campaign site reads, “I’m a political prisoner.”


A Fight Ahead

On Friday, the former president revealed to reporters that he is “going to fight” this guilty verdict, as he continues to claim that he is completely innocent in this case.

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Trump and his attorneys have claimed that they will work to appeal this conviction. However, the appeals process could take quite a long time.


Trump Goes After the Trial

Friday also saw Trump double down on his previous comments about what he viewed to be a disgraceful trial.

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According to Trump, the “rigged trial” was also a “scam.” These remarks will likely continue to be said by Trump as he works to fight his guilty conviction in the coming months.


Trump Believes He’s Saving the Country

Recent comments made by Trump also saw the former president claiming that he’s simply trying to save the United States, as he’s “fighting for America.”

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“I’m willing to do whatever I have to do to save our country and to save our Constitution,” he explained. “I don’t mind.”


Trump Campaign Sees More Donations After Conviction

Trump and his campaign have touted that they’ve seen more donations since his guilty conviction. On Friday, his campaign clarified that they had raised about $34.8 million from small-dollar donations.

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Trump took the time to thank and praise his donors who came out to support him monetarily in the last 24 hours.


An Upcoming Appeal

Trump’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, has revealed that he will work to appeal this conviction in the coming days and months. Blanche has stated that the timing of the trial was unfair to Trump, as was the overall publicity that this trial received. This massive attention made it hard to select jury members, according to Blanche.

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“Our system of justice isn’t supposed to be a system where every person that walks in the courtroom knows about the case,” Blanche stated.


Other Reactions

While Trump, his attorneys, and his supporters have blasted his guilty conviction, others have either celebrated or applauded the country’s justice system. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who led this case, meanwhile, thanked the jury for their work.

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“Many voices out there. The only voice that matters is the voice of the jury, and the jury has spoken,” Bragg said.