Donald Trump turns his legal battles into campaign spectacle.
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Donald Trump turns his legal battles into campaign spectacle.

The Trump Organization’s civil fraud case was concluded in New York on Thursday, and Donald Trump appeared in court to give his response.

Initially, the judge had said the former president would not be allowed to speak in court, but later relented and allowed him to speak.

Before striding out of the courtroom and declaring the case a “sham” to waiting reporters, he accused the city’s attorney general of hating him.

Then again, that wasn’t enough. His building at 40 Wall Street down the street, which he is accused of fraudulently valuing, followed the news conference.

While a US presidential race like no other kicks into high gear, Mr Trump is treating his court appearances as campaign events, blending his legal defence with his re-election bid.

According to him, the legal headaches he’s facing across the country are part of a plot by Joe Biden, the Democrats, and the White House to prevent him from winning in 2024.

It was the second appearance in Washington this week after Thursday’s in New York. During his appearance before a federal appeals court, the former president argued that he couldn’t be prosecuted for conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.

According to the former president, he has been dragged off the campaign trail by the judiciary as his rivals for the Republican nomination crisscross Iowa ahead of the first balloting on Monday.

During this final week, I will be forced off the campaign trail twice and into courtrooms for witch hunts in both New York and Washington, he wrote in a fundraising email.

Neither of these hearings required him to attend. Because he believes that appearing in court gives his campaign a significant boost, he deliberately chose two separate courtrooms.