Trump vows to 'keep fighting' after guilty verdict, suggests immense support will still result in electoral victory

 May 31, 2024

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty on all counts Thursday in his New York criminal trial, but by no means will that conviction end his bid to return to the White House for a second term.

In an exclusive post-verdict interview, Trump vowed to "keep fighting," expressed awe at the amount of support he's received, and asserted that Election Day, November 5, would be "the most important day in the history of our country," according to Fox News.

The clear implication from Trump's remarks is that despite the criminal conviction in New York, if not because of it, he can still win the presidency with the support of voters across America.

November 5th will be the most important day

After a New York jury declared him guilty of 34 felony counts of falsification of business records, former President Trump told Fox News that the verdict was "a sad day for New York and a sad day for the country."

"The whole thing was rigged from day one -- from the venue to the judge. But I’ve never had support like this," he continued with a mention of the crowd of supporters who greeted him upon his return to Trump Tower.

Trump insisted that he would "keep fighting" and told the outlet, "Of course, November 5th will be the most important day in the history of our country."

"We’ll be fighting hard," Trump added of his imminent return to the campaign trail now that the trial has concluded. "It’s the first time in six weeks that I’ve been able to get out of that courthouse."

Polls unchanged; massive fundraising surge

It will take some time before the national 2024 election polls reflect the public's reaction to former President Trump's conviction, but as of now RealClearPolling's average shows him with about a one-point lead over President Joe Biden.

While that is certainly close, it is worth noting that Trump holds marginal to wide leads over Biden in all seven of the most critical swing states, not to mention the fact that at this same point in the 2020 election cycle, Biden held a nearly six-point lead over Trump.

One post-verdict change that was immediately evident, however, was a fundraising surge the Trump campaign claimed it received Thursday evening that "shattered" its previous single-day fundraising record with nearly $35 million in small-dollar donations from supporters across the country.

"From just minutes after the sham trial verdict was announced, our digital fundraising system was overwhelmed with support, and despite temporary delays online because of the amount of traffic, President Trump raised $34.8 million dollars from small dollar donors," Trump campaign senior advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said." Not only was the amount historic, but 29.7% of yesterday's donor's were brand new donors to the WinRed platform."

"President Trump and our campaign are immensely grateful from this outpouring of support from patriots across our country. President Trump is fighting to save our nation and November 5th is the day Americans will deliver the real verdict," they added.

"Biden and the Democrats better buckle up"

In a statement to Fox News, Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt said, "Crooked Joe Biden and the Democrats confined President Trump to a courtroom for more than eight hours a day for more than six weeks and he’s still winning. Now that he is fully back on the campaign trial, Biden and the Democrats better buckle up."

She added that Trump "generated billions of dollars in earned media coverage throughout the trial; hosted massive rallies and impromptu campaign stops in New York and beyond; increased his lead over crooked Joe Biden in the polls and raised more money than Biden and the Democrats in the month of April -- not even a witch hunt trial could slow him down -- in fact, it only made him stronger."

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