Furious Trump Tests Campaign Bluster At Manhattan Courthouse

  • A livid former President Trump attended the first day of his civil fraud trial Monday in New York, where he used every free moment as a chance to excoriate the judge who will determine the fate of his business empire.
  • Trump’s palpable anger on social media and at the courthouse offered a sampling of how his combative rhetoric on the campaign trail could play out — and potentially backfire — in his legal defense.
  • Politically, Trump’s grievance campaign in the wake of his four indictments has been a success — catapulting him to a 40-point lead over the rest of the GOP field.
  • Legally, the wisdom of provoking judges and prosecutors with endless claims of a “witch hunt” will now face a critical test — especially with Trump himself vowing to take the stand.
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