WSMV Nashville: ‘Total witch hunt’: Tennessee lawmakers react to former President Trump’s conviction in hush money trial

WSMV Nashville

By: Caleb Wethington

May 31, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Former President Donald Trump was found guilty of 34 charges by a New York jury in the hush money trial on Thursday.

Now, some Tennessee lawmakers are reacting to the news of the conviction in the defense of the former president.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn: “There was no way Donald Trump was going to get a fair trial in New York City with: – A liberal DA who campaigned on targeting Trump. – A partisan judge who has donated to Joe Biden. – A prosecutor who is a former Biden DOJ official and consultant for the DNC. Total witch hunt.”

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty: “Americans deserve a President whose idea of justice is safer communities and secure borders, not weaponizing the justice system against the opposing candidate to distract them from his failed record. Dark day for American democracy.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee: “A politicized justice system does nothing to serve the American people. Voters in Tennessee and across the country recognize this verdict for what it is — a political attack — and they’ll bring a change on Election Day in November.”

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (District 4): “The New York Courts continue to pursue cases and reach predetermined verdicts that would never be charged and tried with any other citizen. This is political warfare that continues to frustrate and anger so many voters across this country and will likely only serve to solidify and embolden Donald Trump’s supporters.”

U.S. Rep. Andy Ogles (District 5): “Biden and his Democrat cohorts have officially made a mockery of our courts. What an embarrassment. This disgusting and unprecedented weaponization of the justice system is appalling.”

U.S. Rep. John Rose (District 6): “As an attorney, I can tell you that today will be among the more infamous in American history. These so-called charges were considered nearly a decade ago and prosecutors decided there was no case. Today proves prosecution in search of a crime works in certain corners of the country. For those not convinced this is political rather than legal, consider the entire basis for this verdict is the testimony of a convicted felon who stole money from the Trump organization. The Biden presidency can be summed up with two words: executive overreach. Today’s verdict simply underscores that fact. I look forward to President Trump’s successful appeal. The first step in restoring public trust will come when Donald Trump is re-elected this fall.”

U.S. Rep. Mark Green (District 7): “Today is a sad day for America. The only reason radical Democrats launched a politically motivated prosecution against a former president was to affect the results of the upcoming election. This verdict is a disgrace. From spurious charges to an openly biased judge, the trial was a sham from the start. President Trump will appeal this verdict. The American people see this trial for what it is – a political stunt. The verdict is further evidence that the radical left will stop at nothing to crush their political opponents. President Trump’s record in the White House speaks for itself: economic prosperity, respect for law and order, and stability in the Middle East. Despite attempts to taint his legacy, the American people aren’t blind to how much better off they were under the Trump administration.”