The recent verdict in the Trump trial in NYC is a watershed moment. It remains to be seen if Trump’s political standing will take some hits in some corridors, but it probably will not with Trump supporters.
The ruling is a bit puzzling because E.Jean Carroll has accused Trump of rape for years. The jury, in effect, concluded she was lying about it and created their own scenario where Trump just “battered” her.
If they didn’t believe her story, why is Trump liable for the lesser battery, and how has he defamed her? If she’s not telling the truth, where is the defamation?
The #MeToo movement is seen by many conservatives, including Trump’s supporters, as a product of left-wing liberal culture. This verdict will not likely change the perception that #MeToo is not a truth-seeking exercise but more of a cudgel to take out political foes.
Trump supporters are certain that the ultra-blue Manhattan jury was rigged against Trump and that he was never going to get a fair deal, and as such, the jury’s conclusions don’t signify much.
For years, Trump has hammered home the idea that The Establishment is out to get him and that he is the target of a witch hunt. This only illustrates what he has been saying, that he is being targeted because he challenges the status quo.
All of this lends credence to Trump’s contention that he has been singled out for unfair treatment because, well, in many ways, that is precisely what has happened. With the addition of E. Jean Carroll, who was in the dressing room with Trump freely and whose rape charges were judged false by a jury, the situation will likely feel like more of the same witch-hunt for Trump’s followers.
Trump claims that the voiceless masses sent him to Washington to rid the city of corrupt politicians who have ignored the needs of average Americans for too long.