Piers Morgan Mocked Over Donald Trump Verdict Response: 'Really?'

Morgan stirs controversy with defense of Trump's actions

by Zain ul Abedin
Piers Morgan Mocked Over Donald Trump Verdict Response: 'Really?'
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In a historic verdict that has polarized the nation, Donald Trump was found guilty on all counts at his hush money trial, marking him as the first criminally convicted U.S. president. The decision, reached on Thursday, May 30, thrust Trump into unprecedented territory, as he now stands as the first convicted felon attempting a White House return.

The reaction to the verdict has been a blend of jubilation and dismay, with prominent figures like Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, and Stephen King openly expressing their satisfaction. However, the verdict has not sat well with everyone, notably British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who has come out in staunch defense of Trump.

Following the jury's decision, Morgan, who conducted his last interview with Trump in 2022, took to X/Twitter to voice his disapproval, stating, "This is a sad, shameful and ridiculous day for America. To drag a former President, who is running for President again, through criminal courts over something so trivial feels a massive overreach & an incredibly divisive and obviously politically partisan action." This comment drew significant backlash from his followers, with responses ranging from incredulity to agreement that no one is above the law.

Morgan's Bold Prediction

Morgan's contentious stance continued as he suggested on his TalkTV show in April that Trump should have skipped the trial to attend his son’s graduation, questioning the treatment of a former president by saying, "Have you lost your minds, America? What a demeaning way to treat a former president." Further adding to the debate, Morgan speculated that the guilty verdict might paradoxically boost Trump's 2024 presidential campaign.

He noted, "Trump’s donation websites are crashing," and predicted, "My guess is this verdict will propel him back into the White House." Trump's conviction stems from his efforts to obscure a $130,000 payment made in October 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with him in 2006.

Despite his denials of the affair, Trump faced 34 felony charges, to which he pleaded not guilty, branding the trial as "rigged" and a "disgrace." As Trump awaits his sentencing on July 11, just days before he is expected to secure the Republican presidential nomination, the implications of his conviction are immense.

According to CNN's chief legal analyst Laura Coates, the shift of charges from misdemeanors to class E felonies, due to allegations of crimes committed to conceal other offenses related to election conspiracy and campaign finance, means Trump could face a substantial prison term.

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