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Trump says that "This was a rigged disgraceful trial"

On Friday former President Donald J. Trump (R) gave a press conference the day after a New York City jury found him guilty on all 34 counts in his hush money trial.

"If they can do this to me they can do this to anyone," said President Trump. "These are bad people; I believe in many ways these are in many cases I believe sick people."

In the press conference, Trump repeatedly attacked President Joseph R. Biden (D) for the chaos at the border.

"They are coming in from jails and prisons and they are coming in from mental institutions, institutions," said Trump. "We have a President and a group of fascists that don't want to do anything about it. They could stop it."

"They want to raise your taxes by four times," Trump said of Biden. "They want to stop you from having cars with these ridiculous mandates that make it impossible for you to get a car – harder for you to afford a car."

"He is the worst President we have ever had," Trump said of Biden. "He is the dumbest president we have ever had. He is the most corrupt President we have ever had."

Trump also attacked Judge Juan Merchan.

"We had a conflicted judge," said Trump. "I was under a gag order, where I have had to pay thousands of dollars in penalties and fines and was threatened with jail. I am the leading person for President, and I am under a gag order by a man who can't complete a sentence."

Trump blamed his prosecution on the Biden Whitehouse.

"They are in total injunction with the Whitehouse and the DOJ," Trump said of the state of New York prosecution. "This is all done by Biden and his people. Probably more by his people because I don't know if Biden know anything about it. I don't know if Biden knows about anything."

"We have a judge that is highly conflicted," Trump said. "You know what the confliction is. Nobody wants to write about it, and I can't talk about it, because I get put in jail. I am not allowed to talk it about because he said he would put me in jail. There has need been anybody more conflicted thas this. As far as the trial itself it was very unfair. We were not allowed to use our election expert under any circumstances. You saw what happened to the witnesses on our side. They were literally crucified by this man, who looks like an angel; but he is really a devil."

"When we wanted to do things, he would let us do those things; but when the government got everything. They got whatever they wanted," said Trump. "It was a rigged trial. We wanted a venue change where we could get a fair trial. We didn't get it. We wanted a judge change, where we did not have a conflicted judge. We didn't get it."

Trump call New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg "A failed DA." Trump cited the sp

"You know what falsifying business records is?" said Trump. "It means that legal expense. I paid a lawyer totally legal. I paid a lawyer a legal expense and a bookkeeper without any knowledge from me correctly marked it down in the books as a legal expense."

"It is a legal expense. What else are you going to call it?" said Trump.

"I would have liked to have testified," Trump said. "I wanted to testify."

"I could go through the books of any businessperson in the city and find things that in theory where I could indict him – lets destroy his life," said Trump. "This is bigger than me. This is bigger than my presidency."

"This was a rigged, disgraceful trial," said Trump. "The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people, and they know what happened here and everybody knows what happened here."

Trump attorney Michael Cohen claimed that he paid former porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to not come public during the 2016 campaign and then Trump illegally compensated Cohen out of the wrong account. Trump denied everything.

"Nothing ever happened, and they know it," Trump said.

"We are living in a fascist state," said Trump. "There was not a crime here."

Trump said that he'd raised a "record $39 million in about a 10-hour period" following the verdict. Most of that money came from small money donors donating less than $200.

"The people of this country know this was a hoax," Trump said.

Afterwards President Biden slammed Trump for attacking the impartiality of the justice system.

"It's reckless, it's dangerous, it's irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged just because they don't like the verdict," President Biden said. "Our justice system should be respected, and we should never allow anyone to tear it down; it's as simple as that."

Trump has vowed to appeal the verdict, which Biden say is Trump's right.

"Now he'll be given the opportunity, as he should, to appeal that decision just like everyone else has that opportunity," said Biden.

"The American principle that no one is above the law was reaffirmed," Biden told reporters. "Donald Trump was given every opportunity to defend himself."

Trump will be sentenced on July 11. His defense team is asking that the former President not be given jail time.

"There's a system in place where you rely on precedent, and somebody like President Trump should never, never face a jail sentence based on this conduct," Trump attorney Todd Blanche said on CNN.

Bragg would not say what punishment they would ask for.

"We will speak in our court filings, as we've done throughout this proceeding," Bragg said when asked if he would seek jail time for Trump.

Trump supporters in Alabama continue to maintain that President Trump is innocent.

Former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr. (R-Montgomery) chaired the Trump Victory Fund in 2016.

"This is not merely a legal proceeding; it is a calculated assault on our democracy, orchestrated by an administration that is hell-bent on obliterating its political adversaries," said Hooper in a statement. "With this verdict, the Biden Administration has crossed a dangerous line, exposing its willingness to subvert the rule of law and wield the justice system as a bludgeon against its opponents."

Hooper dismissed the verdict as a partisan attack on Trump.

"It was clear that this case was driven by a deep-seated animosity towards Donald Trump," Hooper stated. "The so-called "evidence" was flimsy at best, yet the court steamrolled ahead, hell-bent on securing a conviction. It is no secret that the New York legal system is infested with partisan actors who will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who dares to challenge their ideological dogma."

Trump will likely have to report to a probation officer. It is not expected that Trump will lose his voting rights over this conviction so still will be able to cast a ballot on November 5.

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