TRUE GRIT: Trump heads into first day of New York criminal trial stronger than ever

2WMA92C Washington, USA. 25th Feb, 2024. Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland, the United States, Feb. 24, 2024. Trump has defeated former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Republican primary, multiple U.S. media organizations projected Saturday night. Credit: Aaron Schwartz/Xinhua/Alamy Live News

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“When I walk into that courtroom, I know I will have the love of 200 million Americans behind me…and I will be fighting for the freedom of 325 million Americans!” President Trump declared in front of a crowd of tens of thousands of Pennsylvania patriots on Saturday.

His comments, which were made at an expansive 2024 MAGA rally in Schnecksville, referred to the Monday start date of his criminal trial in New York City, where he is facing the wrath of a justice system that has been tipped woefully askew with political motivations.

The trial is being overseen by Judge Juan Merchan, who has come under intense scrutiny for his alleged lack of impartiality in the case, due to his daughter’s murky multi-million-dollar fundraising for Democrat clients via her political consulting firm, Authentic Campaigns.

Trump’s legal team even filed a motion aimed at forcing Merchan’s recusal from the case, arguing that there was a clear conflict of interest on the heels of numerous examples of his daughter, Loren Merchan, raising tens of millions of dollars for high-dollar clients by utilizing messaging about her father’s high-profile case with Trump, per RSBN.

The president’s attorneys asserted that Judge Merchan’s position presented an “unacceptable appearance of impropriety” and noted that it would be no different than if “the judge presiding over these proceedings had an adult child who worked at WinRed or MAGA Inc.”

Despite all of these arguments and despite the fact that the case itself is based upon shaky allegations of “hush money” and threadbare accusations from disgraced ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, the trial will nevertheless begin on Monday, right in the middle of an election year.

Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday, “They could have started this Fake Biden Trial many years ago, not right in the middle of my campaign for President, and time would not be a problem. This is a blatant and unprecedented attack on Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent (who is leading in every poll!), done in close coordination with the White House, that cannot be allowed to go forward!”

As Trump begins the arduous process of sitting through yet another trial amidst his 2024 reelection campaign, his comment during Saturday’s Pennsylvania rally rings more true than ever before: America is standing with him as he faces another courtroom drama.

A man of true grit  

President Trump is running perhaps the tightest campaign he’s ever run in 2024, building on the success and messaging of the 2016 and 2020 campaigns and constructing a 2024 machine that is focused on achieving retributive victory in November.

Trump’s national polling numbers are continually rising by leaps and bounds ahead of Joe Biden, and as the nation sinks into further economic depression and teeters precariously on the brink of World War III, people have begun to long for the days of strong, America First leadership.

It is a true testament to Trump’s sheer will and grit that a slate of overwhelming legal cases in multiple different venues hasn’t shaken his motivation to win in 2024. In fact, the extra obstacles have seemed only to fuel the fire within, boosting his own determination and illustrating to the American public that Trump is a man who just won’t quit.  

Just one day before the start of his trial, Trump pointed out that he currently had eight “Biden cases (lawsuits!) going at one time.”

He explained, “They want to take money I would use for the campaign, and my time. Never been done before in our Country. Crooked politicians and corrupt prosecutors and Judges. November 5th is the most important day in the history of our Country. WE WILL WIN! MAGA2024[.]”

It seems as if what was meant to harm Trump has simply made him stronger and more powerful than ever before.

Counting the cost

If draining Trump’s time and resources is the ultimate end goal of these ongoing “Biden” trials, then that goal, at least, seems to have been accomplished. The New York Times reported that the 45th president has spent over $100 million paying lawyers and coughing up expenses for legal fees amidst unending indictments and courtroom dramas.

Trump even faced an astounding half-billion-dollar bond in a New York civil suit spearheaded by the state’s attorney general – only to score a midnight-hour win when an appeals court lowered the bond to $175 million. Still, even that number was outrageously high, and without posting it, AG Letitia James would have giddily begun seizing his New York real estate assets.

Such monumental legal fees would have destroyed anyone else, but Trump has continued to fight his way forward, and his resilience and victory in the Republican primary election have triggered a deluge of fundraising that has begun to offset the costs of his legal battles.

Just last week, Trump raised around $65 million in less than seven days in an all-out fundraising blitz, demonstrating the power of his support now that the general election cycle is underway.

In early April, $50.5 million of that total haul was raked in during a single-night fundraiser in Palm Beach, Florida, smashing the previous fundraising record of $26 million held by Democrats.

If the entire radical left apparatus had predicted that Trump’s legal battles would have inspired such lion-hearted support among Americans in 2024, it is likely that these trials never would have started in the first place.

Stronger than ever

While Monday signals the beginning of yet another tiring courtroom crusade launched during a critical election year, President Trump is headed into the jaws of the New York justice system stronger than ever, with the support of the American people wrapped around him in a firm and resolute embrace.

Trump, indeed, is a man of “true grit,” and Americans can expect to see him hold no quarter as he dukes it out in a hostile venue in New York while he fights to reclaim the White House in 2024.  

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