Trump Guilty Verdict Generates Widespread Backlash Online
Former US President Donald Trump, left, and Todd Blanche, attorney for former US President Donald Trump, right, speak to members of the media after the verdict was read at Manhattan criminal court in New York, US, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. A New York jury found Donald Trump guilty of multiple felonies at his hush-money trial, making him the first former US president to be convicted of crimes.
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Numerous notable figures slammed the verdict on Thursday in the highly controversial Manhattan criminal trial against former President Donald Trump.

The decision is the culmination of a weeks-long courtroom battle in which Trump claimed he was the target of a “political persecution” as he runs another campaign for a second term in the White House. The former president was found guilty on all 34 charges brought in the hush-money trial.

Shaun Maguire, a partner at Sequoia Capital, announced on X: “I just donated $300k to President Trump. The timing isn’t a coincidence.”

Entrepreneur David Sacks responded to Maguire’s announcement by noting the verdict earned Trump a lot of support in Silicon Valley.

“After Biden’s disastrous presidency, Trump has a lot of supporters in Silicon Valley; many are just afraid to admit it,” he said. “But with each act of courage, like this one, the dam begins to break.”

Former Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich wrote: “I love Trump more today than ever! When you’ve lived through it yourself you recognize when they do it to someone else. The political fix was in from the beginning. Disgraceful and corrupt convictions of the leading candidate from the opposition party by a handpicked politicized Dem judge who denied a former President a chance to put on a defense and allowed ridiculously unlawful jury instructions. That Dem Judge and those Dem prosecutors ought to go right to F’n jail for what they are doing to our democracy and our country.”

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Trump’s only crime was the he ran against President Joe Biden in the 2024 election. “The American people see right through this weaponization of the legal system,” he said.


“Trump was just found guilty of winning the 2016 election,” said former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. “He was preemptively found guilty of winning in 2024, and the Ds will do whatever it takes to stop that from happening.”

British political commentator Piers Morgan wrote: “This is a sad, shameful and ridiculous day for America. To drag a former President, who is running for President again, through criminal courts over something so trivial feels a massive overreach & an incredibly divisive and obviously politically partisan action.”

Former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said that verdict compelled at least one major donor to give a significant amount of money to Trump.

“Just secured a $800k donation from someone for President Trump’s Joint Fundraising Committee,” said Zeldin. “Never experienced a massive ask that easy.”

Author Scott Adams said that he donated to Trump and that there was so much traffic on the website that it crashed while he was on it: “This is the hill to die on.”

Political commentator Dave Rubin posted on X: “No Trump supporter is not voting for him because of verdict. And likely many on the fence will support him now out of spite of our corrupt judicial system. 🍌 Republic.”

Other notable responses included:

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