Trump conviction draws strong bipartisan reaction

by ian

The Trump verdict was met outside the courthouse with both cheers and boos from regular Americans who gathered to hear. Unsurprisingly, it also drew swift bipartisan reaction in Washington.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) decried the conviction, posting an official response on X shortly after it was announced. Johnson wrote:

Today is a shameful day in American history. Democrats cheered as they convicted the leader of the opposing party on ridiculous charges, predicated on the testimony of a disbarred, convicted felon. This was a purely political exercise, not a legal one.

Most Democrats were happy about the verdict. California Rep. Adam Schiff said the verdict was “justice,” while Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse simply said “boom” in response.

The Biden campaign was excited about the verdict as well. Spokesman Michael Tyler said the verdict proved that “no one is above the law.” But he continued saying:

There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.

Comments like this have many saying the trial is nothing more than “lawfare” against Trump and an attempt to try and keep him out of office. Speaker Johnson continued to say that the American people can see through this guise during an interview on Fox News this morning.

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also commented on the “lawfare” aspect, indicating that it will likely backfire against the Democrats.

RFK Jr.’s comments seem to ring true. Beyond Washington, Trump supporters are coming to the former president’s defense in droves. Shortly after the verdict was announced, the Trump campaign website received a flood of donations, which crashed the website for a short amount of time.

In addition, a new poll released on Thursday showed that 67% of voters would not be swayed by a guilty verdict. Another 15% said it would make them more likely to vote for Trump, while 17% said it would sway them to not vote for Trump.