UPDATE: Trump sexual abuse verdict harmful to presidential campaign

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UPDATED: Wednesday, May 10, at 8:57 pm

With Donald Trump now owing another $3 million in damages to E Jean Carroll since our last update, taking the total to $5 million, the Republican Party doubts his efficacy as a presidential candidate, despite overwhelming Republican voter support.

Since our last update, Mr Trump was told to pay a further $3 million for defamation to E Jean Carroll and two Republican senators have questioned his likely success of winning the presidency for a second time.

Senators John Thune of South Dakota and John Cornyn of Texas believe that Trump’s ongoing legal cases and past actions will make him unelectable. Despite his fervent popularity amongst his supporters: “You can’t win a general election with just your base”, according to Coryn, as quoted by the BBC.

Mr Trump plans to appeal the decision of his latest court case, saying on Truth Social: “I have no idea who this woman, who made a false and totally fabricated accusation, is. Hopefully justice will be served on appeal!”
As of today, the popularity tracker that we referred to in previous posts hasn’t been updated, leaving Donald Trump way ahead of his rivals for the nomination to stand as the Republican presidential candidate in 2024.
But even as he remains popular within his own party, his continued courting of controversy only alienates swing voters, who will make the difference come next year’s general election.

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 9, at 9:17 pm

The jury has found Donald Trump guilty of sexual abuse, awarding $2,000,000 in damages as reported by Guardian via Reuters. with the jury not agreeing that she was raped.

Mr Trump, who wasn’t present, is likely to post something on Twitter regarding the outcome so we will keep you posted.

It is yet to be seen how this will affect Trump’s ambitions to become President of the USA again next year.

UPDATED: Monday, May 8, at 10:44 pm

Closing arguments in ex-president Donald Trump’s rape trial vs advice columnist E Jean Carroll will take place today, Monday, May 8, in New York.

Trump stands accused of rape and defamation emanating from an alleged sexual assault in the dressing rooms of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York in 1996. He accused Ms Carroll of being a disgrace and a liar, which forms the basis of her defamation claim.

Trump missed the deadline to testify and his lawyers chose to call no further witnesses, but Ms Carroll gave an in-depth account of what she alleges happened that day. This included her being pinned against a wall, having her tights pulled down and raped. All of the allegations have been denied by Trump.

Two friends backed Ms Carroll’s evidence but were said to be sworn to secrecy at the time. It wasn’t until the #MeToo movement that Ms Carroll said she began to get the confidence to speak out about her experience. Her legal team called two other women to the stand that alleged they had been sexually harassed by Mr Trump.

Mr Trump’s team suggested that their claims were politically motivated, which Ms Carroll denies. She has said that Trump’s accusations of her being a liar cost her her job at Elle magazine. Trump is still vying for the Republican candidacy in the next US presidential election.

The Jury, who have listened to seven days of evidence, will retire after today’s hearing to consider their verdict. We will keep you updated with the result of the trial.

May 5, 2023, at 9:30 pm

A video of former US president Donald Trump has been released by US courts. The video was taken during his civil rape trial.

The ex-President of the USA, Donald Trump, was required to provide video evidence for the court last year, and today, Friday, May 5, the video of his deposition of October 2022 has been made public.

Mr Trump was accused by E Jean Carroll of raping her in the mid-1990s in a New York department store. The ex-President was not present in court during the trial but provided the deposition at the request of the judge.

The video was around 50 minutes long and shows him refuting the allegations as: “the most ridiculous, disgusting story. It was just made up”.  It also shows him mistaking photos of E Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples.

During the video, the interviewer reads Mr Trump’s words from the leaked Access Hollywood tape, saying:

“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Republican Accountability posted a part of the video on Twitter with Mr Trump’s response saying:

“Historically, that’s true with stars…If you look over the last million years, I guess that’s been largely true. Not always, but largely true. Unfortunately or fortunately.”

It’s a typically brash if ambiguous response from Trump, where he seems to try and turn his words into a general historical discussion, rather than being a direct example of his own behaviour.

In the video, he also claims Ms Carroll is “not my type”, despite having confused photos of her and his ex-wife

No witnesses were called before both sides rested their case on Thursday, May 4.

We will bring you further updates as they emerge.

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