(DCWatchdog.com) – The presumed 2024 GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has gone on a powerful new rhetorical offensive against the left’s “political warfare” on him before he testified in the latest hearing of the $250 million civil fraud lawsuit filed against him by New York’s Democrat AG.
Upon his arrival at a Manhattan courthouse to testify in a substantial fraud case on Monday, former President Donald Trump critiqued the proceedings as “election interference” orchestrated by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Trump faces accusations from the state, which allege that for decades he grossly inflated the value of his assets on financial statements to obtain favorable loan conditions.
“This is really election interference. This trial is ridiculous,” he told reporters.
“It’s political warfare, as you would call it, or political lawfare. I got a lot of names for it,” the leading 2024 GOP primary candidate continued.
The trial, which commenced in October, has already seen testimonies from his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, both of whom are involved in the family business and are co-defendants. Ivanka Trump, his daughter, was set to testify following his appearance.
“I became president because of my brand value. I sell books because of my brand value,” the former president declared in his testimony before accusing Judge Arthur Engoron and AG James of bias.
According to Messenger reporter Adam Klasfeld, cited by Breitbart News, he called the trial “crazy” while on the stand.
“I’m sure the judge will rule against me because he always rules against me,” the former president said.
“You can attack me, do whatever you want, but answer the question,” Engoron reportedly responded.
He then turned to Trump’s counsel Chris Kise, asking,
“Can you control your client? This is not a political rally.”
“You’re in control of the courtroom, not me,” Kise replied.
Engoron later once again asked Trump’s lawyer to “control him, if you can.”
Trump lawyers Alina Habba and Kise defended their client, noting that he had been responding to the questions asked.
Habba told the judge he was there to “hear what [Trump] has to say.”
“I’m not here to hear what he has to say. He’s here to answer questions,” Engoron said.
“This is a very unfair trial. Very, very unfair, and I hope the public is watching it,” the former president concluded.
THIS IS ELECTION INTERFERENCE! pic.twitter.com/cYwPbqWj31
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) November 6, 2023