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‘They Will Rue The Day’

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After a New York jury found former President Donald Trump guilty on Thursday, conservative host Megyn Kelly reacted by saying that Democrats would “rue the day” they used the legal system to “corrupt a presidential election.”

The host of “The Megyn Kelly Show” took to X, formerly known as Twitter, and voiced her disapproval of the jury’s decision to find Trump guilty on all 34 counts in the hush-money trial.

“Guilty on all counts. The country is disgraced. Alvin Bragg should be disbarred. They will rue the day they unleashed this lawfare to corrupt a presidential election,” Kelly wrote to her 3 million followers.

The comments came after jurors delivered a guilty verdict on Thursday in Trump’s New York trial. This marked the first time a former U.S. president has been convicted of a crime.

Kelly made similar comments on her Sirius XM podcast earlier this week after the case went to the jury on Wednesday.

In particular, Kelly slammed the “outrageous prosecution” of Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

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“It wasn’t until closing arguments yesterday when the prosecution got up second, because under New York law, unlike in most places, the defense has to go first and the prosecution goes second,” Kelly said. “And after the defense attorney had already sat down, that’s when we finally learned what the underlying crime was.”

“He [prosecutor, Joshua Steinglass] got up there and while he cast a wide net, still saying it could have been a tax violation, it could have been falsification of other records like double falsifications, but really they’re hanging their hats on the violation of FECA [Federal Election Campaign Act],” she added. “That’s what the prosecution drove home. That’s the principal basis for this entire case. He [Bragg] didn’t want us to know because that’s a federal statute.”

“And Alvin Bragg doesn’t have the jurisdiction to enforce federal election law,” Kelly continued. “The Federal DOJ had already said there’s no case here. The Federal Election Commission had already said there is no case here. Only Alvin Bragg resurrected this alleged violation as the underlying basis for this entire criminal case…”

Trump attorney and spokeswoman Alina Habba, who is not representing him in the New York case but has frequently attended court with him, is sounding off after the verdict against the 45th president.

Jurors convicted Trump on all 34 counts in the controversial hush-money case. Habba said on Fox News that Trump’s legal team will quickly appeal the ruling.

Trump responded to the guilty verdict that he received in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday by saying that the American people would deliver the real verdict on election day.

“This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt,” Trump said after the verdict was read. “It’s a rigged trial, a disgrace. They wouldn’t give us a venue change. We were at 5% or 6% in this district, in this area. This was a rigged, disgraceful trial. The real verdict is going to be November 5 by the people. And they know what happened here. And everybody knows what happened here.”

“You have a Soros-backed D.A. and the whole thing, we didn’t do anything wrong. I’m a very innocent man,” he continued. “And it’s okay, I’m fighting for our country. I’m fighting for our Constitution. Our whole country is being rigged right now. This was done by the Biden administration in order to wound or hurt an opponent, a political opponent. And I think it’s a just a disgrace. And we’ll keep fighting. We’ll fight till the end, and we’ll win because our country has gone to hell.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson decried what he described as “the weaponization of our justice system,” saying in a statement, “President Trump will rightfully appeal this absurd verdict — and he WILL WIN.”

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House GOP Conference chair and a potential Trump running mate pick, slammed what she called a “sham trial.”

“We must redouble our efforts and work around the clock to ensure President Trump is victorious this November to save America from Biden’s failed Far Left Democrat agenda,” she said in a statement.

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, a potential Trump running mate, claimed on Thursday that the US justice system “targets Republicans while favoring Democrats.”

“This was certainly a hoax, a sham. This was devastating for the average American watching,” Scott told CNN’s Abby Phillip. “Even the ‘Never-Trumpers’ are now calling and joining the team. Donors who sat on the sidelines are now joining the team because November 5th is a day of reckoning.”

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