LIVE: Trump delivers remarks after being convicted in hush money trial

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump addressed reporters on Friday morning — the day after being found guilty on all 34 counts in his hush-money trial.

Trump made his remarks from the atrium of Trump Tower just feet away from the golden escalator he rode down in 2015 when he kicked off his first bid for president.

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Now, nearly nine years later, Trump is further responding to his conviction and the legal battles he faces that have been much of the focus of his third presidential bid. Campaign officials and some supporters were also expected to be present.

“If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone,” Trump said as he kicked off his remarks. “These are bad people. These are, in many cases, I believe, sick people.”

Trump then dove into some of his signature campaign rhetoric, going after migrants coming to the United States and economic competition with China.

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Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 felony counts related to a 2016 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

His attention, though, quickly turned back to the New York criminal trial. He continued his false claims the trial was “rigged” with a biased judge and prosecutors.

“Nobody’s ever seen anything like it,” he said.

In the wake of his guilty verdict, Trump and his campaign have sought to center their focus back on the campaign trail, arguing that “the real verdict” will happen on Election Day and urging supporters to donate to Trump’s campaign.

Trump has been attempting to turn the verdict around to his advantage by aggressively fundraising off of it, blasting out fundraising emails to smaller dollar donors, calling himself a “political prisoner,” and also attending a fundraiser with major Republican donors in Manhattan Thursday night just hours after the verdict dropped.

Trump currently doesn’t have any public campaign events scheduled for next week, however, he is expected to do a fundraising blitz through the West Coast.

The presumptive Republican nominee is facing additional criminal charges with two cases brought in federal courts and an additional one in state court. Trump is set to be sentenced on July 11 — three days prior to the Republican National Convention where he will become the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump was convicted of 34 felony charges in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to a porn actor who said the two had sex. The hush money trial and subsequent conviction mark the first time a former U.S. president has ever been tried or convicted in a criminal case.

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TRUMP’S CONVICTION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE 2024 ELECTION

Donald Trump’s conviction in his New York hush money trial is a stunning development in an already unorthodox presidential election with profound implications for the justice system and perhaps U.S. democracy itself.

But in a deeply divided America, it’s unclear whether Trump’s status as someone with a felony conviction will have any impact at all on the 2024 election.

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Trump remains in a competitive position against President Joe Biden this fall, even as the Republican former president now faces the prospect of a prison sentence in the run-up to the November election.

In the short term at least, there were immediate signs that the unanimous guilty verdict was helping to unify the Republican Party’s disparate factions as GOP officials in Congress and in state capitals across the country rallied behind their presumptive presidential nominee, while his campaign expected to benefit from a flood of new fundraising dollars.

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS RALLIED TO TRUMP’S DEFENSE

Several Republican lawmakers reacted with fury to Donald Trump’s felony conviction on Thursday and rushed to his defense – questioning the legitimacy of the trial and how it was conducted.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said it was a “shameful day in American history” and labeled the charges as “purely political.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been one of Trump’s most frequent allies, said, “This verdict says more about the system than the allegations.”

And while Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell refrained from attacking the judge or jury, he said the charges “never should have been brought in the first place.”

Many GOP lawmakers, including Johnson, visited the courthouse in New York to support Trump during his criminal trial.

UNLESS HE’S SENT TO PRISON, TRUMP CAN STILL VOTE

Donald Trump may have been convicted of a felony and reside in Florida, a state notorious for restricting the voting rights of felons, but he can still vote as long as he stays out of prison in New York state.

That’s because Florida defers to other states’ disenfranchisement rules for residents convicted of out-of-state felonies. In Trump’s case, New York law only removes their right to vote when incarcerated. Once they’re out of prison, their rights are automatically restored – even if they’re on parole, per a 2021 law passed by the state’s Democratic legislature.

“If a Floridian’s voting rights are restored in the state of conviction, they are restored under Florida law,” Blair Bowie of the Campaign Legal Center wrote in a post explaining the state of law, noting that people without Trump’s legal resources are often confused by Florida’s complex rules.

THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER

Donald Trump’s conviction Thursday on 34 felony counts marked the end of the former president’s historic hush money trial.

Now comes the sentencing and the prospect of a prison sentence. A lengthy appellate process could follow, especially as Trump’s legal team has already been laying the groundwork for an appeal.

And all the while, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee still faces three more criminal cases and a campaign that could see him return to the White House.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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