Trumps on Trial: The Circus Continues

Nov 12, 2023 | PDA News

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Against the backdrop of two major wars, off-year elections, industry strikes and collective bargaining, and several natural disasters, the Trump family had their day(s) in civil court.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Donald Trump for $250 million and seeking to bar him from doing business in the state. In the ongoing bench trial, Judge Engoron has already ruled Trump and his co-defendant adult sons were liable for fraud.

So, what did we learn from the Trump family’s testimony these past two weeks?

  • Don, Jr., Executive Vice President: “I had no real involvement in the preparation of the Statement of Financial Condition and don’t really remember ever working on it with anyone…[P]eople may have asked me about stuff tangentially that I gave them an answer to that they may have then utilized as a basis of knowledge to come up with whatever, but, no, not specifically as it relates to, you know, knowledge about the financial statement.” [Translation: The Accountant did it, with the Computer, in the Office.]

  • Eric, Executive Vice President: “We’re a major organization, a massive real estate organization — yes, I’m fairly sure I understand that we have financial statements. Absolutely… I had no involvement and never worked on my father’s statement of financial condition.” What, exactly, does an executive vice president do?
  • The Donald, holder of a revocable trust during his presidency: Acting as if he were on the campaign trail, he continually attacked the New York State’s Attorney and the presiding judge. “I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything.” No, wait, that’s Bart Simpson—well, they are both orange pre-adolescents.
  • Ivanka, Executive Vice President: Cordial, disciplined, and apparently unable to remember salient details.

What does this melodrama have to do with PDA? Well, Republicans used to be fond of saying that character matters. They love to liken the U.S. presidency to running a corporation (bad comparison, actually). We Americans have a critical choice to make in little less than a year.

Donald J. Trump is currently the leading Republican nominee for President. Republicans are being very quiet about this trial and the multiple criminal trails Trump is facing. We think character does matter, and there is little good to say about Donald Trump in that regard.

PDA is working 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure that Donald Trump does not get a second term, and that the 119th Congress has Democratic majorities with substantial numbers of progressive members. Help us achieve these goals with a monthly contribution today.

In solidarity,

Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team