‘Woke a sleeping giant’: Minnesota Republicans slam Trump guilty verdict

In a statement immediately after the verdict was read, Trump described the case as a "rigged, disgraceful trial."

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Minnesota GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner May 17 in St. Paul, Minn. (Alpha News)

Minnesota Republicans are vowing to redouble their efforts to help former President Donald Trump take back the White House this November after he was found guilty of 34 felonies by a Manhattan jury Thursday.

The case was brought against Trump by Democratic District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose team argued that the former president falsified business records by labeling “hush money” payments to porn star Stormy Daniels as “legal services.”

Prosecutors argued that the records were falsified in an effort to influence the results of the 2016 election, according to the Daily Caller.

“So we’re going to be appealing this scam,” Trump said during a press conference Friday morning. “We’re going to be appealing it on many different things. [The judge] wouldn’t allow us to have witnesses, he wouldn’t allow us to talk, he wouldn’t allow us to do anything. The judge was a tyrant.”

In a statement immediately after the verdict was read, Trump described the case as a “rigged, disgraceful trial.”

“This was done by the Biden administration in order to wound or hurt an opponent, a political opponent. And I think it’s just a disgrace. And we’ll keep fighting. We’ll fight till the end, and we’ll win because our country has gone to hell,” he said.

Some Republicans have suggested that payback may be the only path forward for the GOP.

“To limit and undo that damage and restore the rule of law, Republicans may have no choice but to respond in kind,” former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo wrote in a National Review article.

“Time for Red State AGs and DAs to get busy,” added Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga. “Unless we understand and fight on the battlefield Democrats have created, we will lose, and we will deserve to lose.”

Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., vowed to “hold their feet to the fire,” referring to the “shady cast of characters who pulled off the biggest sham in U.S. history.”

Emmer was responding to an announcement from the Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government that Bragg and Matthew Colangelo will be called before Congress to testify about the case. Colangelo is a former Biden Department of Justice official who later joined Bragg’s office.

“I am deeply disappointed by the verdict in President Donald Trump’s trial. This decision is a significant moment in our nation’s history, and it raises serious concerns about the fairness and impartiality of our judicial system,” Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman David Hann said in a statement.

Many other Republican lawmakers and candidates in Minnesota have weighed in on the verdict:


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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.