Sensational News Rocks the United States: Trump Found Guilty of Sexual Assault Charges
In a groundbreaking verdict, former US President Trump has been found guilty of charges including sexual assault, battery, and defamation against acclaimed writer Carol. The announcement has sparked widespread attention and commentary, with Sky News UK stating on the 10th that the label of ‘sex offender’ may continue to shadow Trump until the upcoming November 2024 US presidential election.According to reports from US media, the latest ruling against Trump is the result of a civil case, which means he will not face imprisonment or a criminal conviction. However, for the victim, Carol, this represents a long-awaited victory and a significant legal defeat for Trump. The US “Political News Network” states that after becoming the first US president to be impeached twice and the first former president to face criminal charges, Trump has now become the first former president to be found guilty of sexual assault by a federal jury.Despite the verdict, recent opinion polls indicate that this potential Republican candidate for the 2024 US presidential election remains highly popular among right-wing voters. Most US politicians and media analysts believe that while it is currently uncertain whether the ruling on “sexual assault” will cast a shadow over Trump’s campaign prospects, it is unlikely to shake his voter base. Chinese experts interviewed by the Global Times on the 10th noted the irony of the situation, as moral conduct among politicians is no longer considered a crucial factor in American politics.
"World Finally Discovers the Truth!"!
According to the Wall Street Journal, a jury in the Manhattan Federal Court ruled on the 9th that Donald Trump is responsible for sexual assault and defamation against renowned former fashion magazine columnist Carol and ordered him to pay $5 million in compensation. In this civil lawsuit, Carol accused Trump of raping her nearly 30 years ago in a department store in Manhattan and defaming her as a liar after she exposed the truth. According to Carol, Trump deceived her into a fitting room under the pretense of “helping another woman choose clothes” and then proceeded to “rape” her.
CNN reported that Trump did not appear in court on the 9th. However, in a deposition last year, he mistakenly identified Carol as his ex-wife and stated that she was “not my type.”
After deliberating for about three hours, the nine-member jury found Trump responsible, although they did not find him guilty of rape. Instead, they determined that he committed sexual assault and defamation. Trump is required to pay a total of approximately $5 million in compensation to Carol.
In a statement, Carol, as mentioned by The New York Times on the 9th, said, “I brought this legal action against Trump to clear my name and reclaim my life. Today, the world finally discovers the truth. This victory belongs not only to me but to every woman who has suffered due to not being believed.”
Regarding his guilty verdict, Trump took to social media and posted three consecutive denials, claiming that he had “no idea who this woman is” and deeming the ruling a “shame” and “political persecution,” stating that the trial was “very unfair.” According to US media reports, Trump’s lawyers have stated that they will appeal the decision. Pending the outcome of the appeal, Trump is not required to pay compensation to Carol.
Republican Politicians Mostly Remain Silent
In a closely watched trial, Republican politicians have largely chosen to remain silent in response to the recent verdict. The trial, which has garnered nationwide attention, involves allegations against former President Donald Trump of misconduct, including several accusations from women. The New York Times reported on the 9th that over the years, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of inappropriate behavior. However, until now, none of these accusations have been brought to court and decided upon by a jury. “This proves the innocence of all of us,” said Mindy McGillivray, who accused Trump of grabbing her buttocks, in an interview with The Washington Post on the 9th. “I am thrilled!” Amy Dorris, who accused Trump of forcibly kissing and groping her at the 1997 US Open, expressed her satisfaction with the verdict.
Following the announcement of the verdict, Trump’s campaign team released a statement to the American Newsweek, stating, “The Democratic Party’s relentless political persecution of Trump has reached a new low. Our nation’s justice system is being undermined by far-left politics in jurisdictions completely controlled by Democrats. We allow false and completely fabricated statements to interfere with our elections, causing tremendous damage.” The statement further asserted, “There is no doubt that this entire false case is a political effort targeting Trump, who is now the overwhelming frontrunner in the race for the presidency.”
According to the Associated Press on the 10th, it remains unclear whether this verdict will have an impact on Trump’s participation in the 2024 presidential election. As the leading candidate among Republican contenders, he has faced little political consequence in the past despite various controversies. Multiple media sources reported that potential opponents within the Republican Party have largely remained silent after the announcement of the verdict, indicating their reluctance to alienate Trump’s supporters, who are crucial for securing the presidential nomination.
Decline in American Politics
According to The Hill, on the 9th, there is a division among Republicans regarding whether the verdict related to “sexual misconduct” will affect Trump’s prospects in the upcoming election. Some believe that this ruling provides a reason for them to distance themselves from the former president. Griffin, a former Trump administration official, stated that the Republican Party “must move away from this person as he is morally indefensible.” However, others argue that this verdict will only strengthen Trump’s standing among his supporters, asserting that he faced “attacks” even before becoming president and that this won’t be the last time he is “attacked.” Some Republican lawmakers expressed, “Those who love him will continue to support him, and those who don’t won’t. It’s too early to determine the impact, if any.”
The Guardian reported on the 10th that while the verdict is a reckoning for a man, it is a shocking moment for the United States. Both parties in the United States have not jointly called for Trump to withdraw from the 2024 presidential primary, and the American media has had virtually no voice predicting that Trump will be “done.”
Chinese experts interviewed by the Global Times on the 10th expressed that in American electoral politics, digging up or sensationalizing scandals about politicians’ personal lives has become the norm. The latest ruling on Trump on the 9th demonstrates that a politician’s morality is no longer the most important factor in American politics; it is even an insignificant consideration for voters, further exposing the decline of American politics under long-standing polarization.
According to American media reports, Trump is scheduled to hold an event in New Hampshire on the 10th, which will be broadcast live during prime time on CNN. The Guardian stated that Trump may use this platform to once again defame Carroll and propagate election lies. This will be another test for the United States and its media.