Former President Donald Trump predictably raged on social media after a jury awarded E. Jean Carroll $5 million for sexual abuse and defamation on Tuesday after three hours of deliberation.
“I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHO THIS WOMAN IS,” he posted on Truth Social Tuesday after the verdict was announced in Manhattan. “THIS VERDICT IS A DISGRACE – A CONTINUATION OF THE GREATEST WITCH HUNT OF ALL TIME!”
“VERY UNFAIR TRIAL!” he later said.
Only a New York City jury could have believed Carroll, who waffled on the story's details so much that she couldn't even pinpoint the year the supposed abuse occurred. Trump said he plans to appeal the verdict.
After Trump predictably called her a liar and her story a "hoax" when the allegations first surfaced in a book Carroll wrote, she sued him for both the alleged rape and for defamation, arguing that her reputation was sullied by his words.
The jury actually bought it, or at least they hated Trump so much they pretended they did just so they could charge him $5 million for it.
Trump also slammed the judge for the way the case was handled.
“WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A TRUMP HATING, CLINTON APPOINTED JUDGE, WHO WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESULT WAS AS NEGATIVE AS IT COULD POSSIBLY BE, SPEAKING TO, AND IN CONTROL OF, A JURY FROM AN ANTI-TRUMP AREA WHICH IS PROBABLY THE WORST PLACE IN THE U.S. FOR ME TO GET A FAIR ‘TRIAL’,” he posted.
Judge Lewis Kaplan has handled other high profile cases, including one involving the New York mob, al-Quaeda terrorists, and a sexual assault suit against Prince Andrew.
The jury didn't buy Carroll's story that Trump "raped" her, but said it believed there was some sort of sexual abuse.
Because the incident happened in the mid-1990s, there was no hard evidence that a rape or any abuse had ever occurred. There were no witnesses to what Carroll said happened, only witnesses that said Trump had made unwanted advances on them and an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump said women let "stars" like him grab them and kiss them.
What that tape had to do with defamation or non-consensual sexual contact is difficult to discern, but it made Trump look like a jerk who could have raped someone, which was all the jury apparently needed.
Even though there was no evidence, the jury said there was a "preponderance of evidence" to prove Trump's guilt.
In all likelihood, Trump's base will reject this verdict just like every other accusation against him, while for the rest of the country, it only confirms what they already think of him--that he shouldn't be president because he's a bad person.