In a recent turn of events, former President Donald Trump has been incorrectly accusing a man, depicted in a photo posted on Truth Social, of being the son of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. However, it has been clarified that the well-groomed individual beneath the highlighted arrow in the photo is, in fact, Ben Kochman, a New York Post reporter.
Kochman took the opportunity to correct the misinformation in a first-person account titled “It’s me, Don!” According to him, the photo, repeatedly shared by Trump, does not depict the judge’s son. In the article, Kochman clarified, “The Post can now confirm that the pictured bespectacled, well-groomed target is not the kin of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. I should know — I’m the guy in the photo.”
The ongoing trial involves former President Trump, his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and other Trump Organization executives. They are facing a $250 million civil lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleging widespread fraud to inflate Trump’s net worth for better deal terms and loans.
Kochman highlighted how Trump, in a photo accompanying an article by “fringe-right activist” Lara Loomer, claimed that Engoron’s son was “financially benefitting” from a “prominent” seat at the trial. The false identification reached Trump’s 6.52 million followers on his Truth Social app.
Kochman initially became aware of the misidentification on social media by Trump in late November but chose not to address it at the time. However, when Trump persisted in posting the photo and included a comment from George Santos, Kochman decided to set the record straight, stating, “I thought it was worth setting the record straight.”