Trump Faces Rejection from New York's Elite Business Circles and Legal Challenges in Historic Criminal Trial

Donald Trump faces a criminal trial in New York City, marking the first time a former US president has faced criminal charges. The trial could impact his 2024 presidential bid as he battles rejection from the city's elite and legal challenges.

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Trump Faces Rejection from New York's Elite Business Circles and Legal Challenges in Historic Criminal Trial

Trump Faces Rejection from New York's Elite Business Circles and Legal Challenges in Historic Criminal Trial

Donald Trump, the former president and presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 election, is facing a growing rejection from New York City's elite business circles and a historic criminal trial that could limit his time on the campaign trail. Trump, once a prominent figure in the city's business and social circles, has been walloped at the ballot box, losing his home state in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

The criminal trial, which began on Monday, April 15, 2024, in Manhattan, marks the first time a former U.S. president has faced criminal prosecution. Trump is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 payment made by his company to his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep adult film actress Stormy Daniels from going public with claims of a sexual encounter with Trump. Prosecutors allege the payments were falsely logged as legal fees as part of a scheme to bury damaging stories about Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The jury selection process has faced challenges, with Judge Juan Merchan dismissing potential jurors over their past social media posts criticizing Trump. The judge has also warned Trump against intimidating jurors and has scheduled a hearing to consider whether Trump should be held in contempt for violating a partial gag order. Despite these challenges, seven jurors had been chosen as of Tuesday, April 16, with 12 slots remaining in the hush money trial, which is expected to last for six weeks or more.

Why this matters: The criminal trial against Donald Trump is a significant moment in U.S. history, as it marks the first time a former president has faced criminal charges. The outcome of the trial could have far-reaching implications for Trump's political future and the 2024 presidential election.

Trump faces multiple legal challenges in New York, including a criminal case and a civil fraud case, which have resulted in significant financial penalties. The city he once aspired to inhabit now seems to be conspiring against him, culminating in what some have called a "tabloid-style divorce" from the city. Trump is seen as an outsider from Queens, not part of the Manhattan elite, and a jury of his peers in New York is unlikely to be sympathetic to him.

A new AP-NORC poll found that only about one-third of U.S. adults say Trump did something illegal in the hush money case, while close to half think he did something illegal in the other three criminal cases pending against him. However, about half of Americans would consider Trump unfit to serve as president if he is convicted. The poll also suggests that a conviction in the hush money trial could hurt Trump's campaign, even if most Americans do not see him as blameless.

While the trial in New York continues, Trump faces an uphill battle in his bid to win back the White House in 2024. The legal challenges and rejection from New York's elite business circles have put a strain on his campaign, and the outcome of the criminal trial in New York City could have a significant impact on his political future. Despite these challenges, Trump has vowed to "straighten out New York" and make a serious play for the state in the upcoming election, even considering holding rallies in the South Bronx, Queens, and Madison Square Garden.

Key Takeaways

  • Trump faces criminal trial in NYC, first for a former US president.
  • Trial centers on $130K hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.
  • Trump rejected by NYC's elite business circles, lost home state in 2016/2020.
  • Conviction could hurt Trump's 2024 campaign, but most see no illegality.
  • Trump vows to "straighten out New York" and campaign there despite challenges.