Former President Donald Trump offered a delusional and false take on his massive legal woes on Wednesday, claiming that he had won his New York civil cases and that he did nothing wrong.
Trump made the remarks at a news conference following his meeting with Teamsters Union leaders in Washington, D.C., where he reportedly sought their support for his possible 2024 presidential bid, as reported by Huff Post on Thursday, February 1, 2024.
A reporter asked Trump if he was considering using campaign funds to pay some of the penalties he faced in the New York fraud and defamation cases.
“What penalties?” Trump asked.
“In the New York fraud cause and the defamation case,” the reporter replied.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Trump said. “I mean, that’s been proven as far as I’m concerned.”
He then claimed that “actually, we won in the court of appeals.”
However, that was not true.
In fact, Trump had suffered two major defeats in the New York courts in the past week.
On Friday, a jury awarded writer E. Jean Carroll an astonishing $83.3 million in damages in her defamation case against Trump.
Carroll had accused Trump of defaming her after she came forward in 2019 with allegations that he raped her in a department store dressing room in 1996.
Trump had called Carroll a liar and said he had never met her, despite a photo showing them together.
He also said she was “not my type” and suggested she was motivated by money and fame.
The jury found that Trump’s statements were false and malicious and that they harmed Carroll’s reputation and career.
The award included $50 million in punitive damages, which the judge said was justified by Trump’s “reckless disregard for the truth and his outrageous conduct.”
In a separate trial in May last year, another jury concluded that Trump was liable for sexually abusing, but not raping, Carroll and for defaming her.
He was ordered to pay $5 million in damages in that case.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing and appealed both verdicts.
He has also vowed to appeal Friday’s decision, calling it “a disgrace” and “a political witch hunt.”
However, legal experts said Trump had little chance of overturning the jury’s verdicts, which were based on strong evidence and testimony.
“Trump is living in a fantasy world,” said Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor and a lecturer at Columbia Law School.
“He has no grounds for appeal and he will have to pay up eventually. He can’t escape justice by lying and denying.”
Trump is also facing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia over his business dealings and his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
He has dismissed those probes as “witch hunts” and “hoaxes” as well.