Florida Republican officials, including DeSantis, blast Trump verdict

Florida Republicans, led by Governor Ron DeSantis, strongly criticized the verdict that found former President Donald Trump guilty on all charges in his New York business records trial.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed his opinion on the recent verdict, stating that it is the result of a legal process influenced by political motivations. In a post on X, DeSantis criticized the involvement of a leftist prosecutor, a partisan judge, and a jury that he believes reflects a liberal mindset. According to DeSantis, the case itself, which revolves around alleged misdemeanor business records violations from almost a decade ago, should never have been brought to court. He argues that this highlights the erosion of the justice system’s integrity in places like New York City. DeSantis further accuses the district attorney of routinely excusing criminal behavior, thereby endangering law-abiding citizens in his jurisdiction.

According to DeSantis, the political agenda of certain kangaroo courts should not overpower the rule of law. DeSantis, who was a contender against Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, emphasized the importance of maintaining the integrity of the legal system.

According to DeSantis, it is a widely accepted notion that nobody is exempt from the law. Similarly, nobody should be treated as being beneath the law. DeSantis further emphasizes that if the defendant in this case were anyone other than Donald Trump, the charges would not have been brought forward, the judge would not have made similar rulings, and the jury would not have found him guilty.

Florida Senator Blaise Ingoglia, a former state GOP chairman, expressed his thoughts on the matter, stating that he believes Trump will appeal and ultimately win based on the lack of due process. Ingoglia even speculated that the New York law could potentially be deemed unconstitutional.

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According to Jimmy Patronis, the state’s chief financial officer, he expressed his concern that the nation has transformed into a banana republic.

“It is truly embarrassing and disheartening to witness the orchestration of charges in an election year, especially when they are related to events that occurred years ago. This desperate attempt to target and remove a political opponent is reminiscent of the very circumstances that people have been fleeing in third-world countries for decades. It is a sad day indeed, and a low point in American history.”

Trump faced a conviction on Thursday for 34 counts of falsifying business records. According to New York state law, falsifying business records in the first degree is classified as a Class E felony, carrying a maximum prison sentence of four years.

The focal point of the case revolved around an alleged sexual encounter between Trump and an adult film actress in 2006. Additionally, a payment of $130,000 was made to her in 2016 to ensure her silence prior to the 2016 election. Trump maintains his innocence and vehemently denies that the encounter ever took place.

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