‘We Will Fight to the End and Win’: The Trump Verdict and What’s to Come

By Al Perrotta Published on May 30, 2024

Good news for the members of the OJ Simpson jury: They are now off the hook as the most pathetic, disreputable and repugnant jury in American history.

Today, 12 New Yorkers bowed down to their bias, fear, and political gods, shived Lady Justice straight in the heart, and found former President Donald Trump guilty of 34 counts of felonious charges.

Of what? Don’t bother asking. Orange Man Bad.

The verdict came in after a quick 11.5 hours of deliberations. Was there ever any doubt of the verdict, especially when the judge, whose family literally makes millions of dollars from pursuing Trump’s persecution, gave the jury — in analyst Andrew McCarthy’s words — a “roadmap to conviction”?

Trump had zero chance with these dishonest Soros prosecutors, this corrupted, biased judge, and a jury full of Trump haters in a city that would destroy anyone who  dissented from the prevailing liberal groupthink. They’ve been told Trump is Hitler and they had a chance to stop Hitler. And that’s what they will probably tell themselves as they try to go to sleep tonight. 

Welcome to your new America, where the leading presidential candidate can be convicted by the ruling regime of a crime specifically invented solely for him. Way to hum, Big Guy. The only difference between you and the Soviets of old is the accent.

“Joe Biden has successfully broken America,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said. “If this is what Dems want the courts and our country to become, they will rue the day.”

Trump Reacts

A stoic Trump reacted quickly after the verdict.

“This was a rigged, disgraceful trial,” he said. “The real verdict is going to be November 5 by the people.”

“The whole country is being rigged right now,” he added before reeling off a list of the disasters befalling the country. He placed the blame for the verdict solely on the man he is currently crushing in the polls. “This is being done by the Biden administration in order to hurt or wound a political opponent.”

If those who plotted this assault on democracy think Trump was bowed by the verdict, he surely didn’t act that way. Said the former president in closing, “We’ll fight to the end and we’ll win … this is long from over.”

Trump won’t be fighting alone. His campaign fundraising site, WinRed, crashed within minutes of the verdict being announced as supporters rushed to make donations.

The nation will be hearing more from Trump tomorrow at a press conference at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

The Appeal

An appeal is inevitable. In addition to Trump being denied his First, Fourth, Fifth, and Six Amendment rights, Judge Juan Merchan committed the same mistake that set Harvey Weinstein free by allowing testimony outside the scope of the case. No legal expert with any integrity doubts Trump will succeed in his appeal. But will justice be rendered by any court before the election? That seems like a long shot.

As Trump said, his real reversal comes in November.

Meanwhile, Merchan has rushed to schedule sentencing for July 11. As Sean Davis noted, this is just a week before the start of the GOP convention.

Biden Campaign and Other Reaction

Reactions, of course, are pouring in from around the country. From the passionate …

… to the clearly stated … 

… to the witty …

… to the humorous …

… to the perfect.

The Stream will have further analysis, starting with John Zmirak in the morning, who just posted “A Court That Will Live in Infamy.”

What’s to Come

Joe Biden thinks his day has been made. Whatever platitudes he issues this evening from his ill-gotten perch at the White House, make no mistake. He has been given exactly what he wanted when he expressed his displeasure with Attorney General Merrick Garland for moving too slowly in prosecuting Trump: The ability to call Donald Trump a “convicted felon” in the campaign.

Indeed his campaign has already issued its response, touting Trump as a “convicted felon”— words probably written the minute Merchan was somehow named to be the judge in this case:

Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain. But today’s verdict does not change the fact that the American people face a simple reality. 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.

Biden echoed this from his own personal X account. Given the historic nature of a president being convicted, you’d think he’d at least try to be dignified. (Sure. And you should let Hunter Biden take your daughter to the junior prom.) 

Indeed, Biden has his moment. A jealous man who knows his made-up life exploits and fictitiously generated popularity are no match for Trump’s real-life exploits and public affection gets to spend the evening gloating. He promised to keep Trump from returning to office by “constitutional means,” rather that beat him mano a mano

And sure enough, in the tailor-made jurisdiction of New York, Trump has been convicted.

However, the American people are not the idiots Biden takes them to be. We know a stink pile when we see it. We know the score and we’re a culture that treasures fair play. We know real criminals and thugs when we see them. 

Even deeper, those with long ties to America know what this betrayal of the judicial system has done to the nation they love. The America of our Founders.

Those who have come here in recent generations recognize precisely the authoritarian, communist scheme hatched at the White House that played out in New York. They know it. They fought it. They fled it. And they watched it crumble when the Berlin Wall fell.

The American story, from our founding to our films, is one of the individual fighting against overwhelming forces and odds, whether it’s George Washington fighting the most powerful army in the world or Han Solo fighting the Empire, David always defeats Goliath.

The Big Guy has done something remarkable. He’s turned a billionaire celebrity ex-president into the little guy. Note to Joe: America always loves the “little guy.” By the time this is over, Biden will have turned Donald Trump into an American folk hero, and Biden — whose sense of self-grandeur is matched only by his incompetence — will be a forgotten footnote, even as the nation recovers from the damage he’s done. 


Al Perrotta is The Stream’s Washington bureau chief, coauthor with John Zmirak of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration, and coauthor of the counterterrorism memoir Hostile Intent: Protecting Yourself Against Terrorism.

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