North Carolina Republican lawmakers unanimously support Donald Trump, convicted of 34 felonies

Republican North Carolina lawmakers in Raleigh and Washington rushed to the defense of former President Donald Trump following his conviction on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

Response to Trump’s historic conviction by a New York State Supreme Court jury of covering up hush money payments to an adult actress in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election was unanimous among Republicans, who roundly dismissed the proceedings as a sham and a political witch hunt.

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who is running to replace Roy Cooper as senior executive, posted on X that the justice system was used by Democrats to bring Trump down. The charges were brought by a New York state District Attorney and the case was decided by a 12-person jury of Trumps’ peers after a thorough trial that lasted more than six weeks.

“The Democrats know they can’t beat President Trump at the polls so they weaponize our government against him,” Robinson said. “The voters should decide this election and I believe we will reject this sham trial by putting President Donald Trump back in office this November.”

Robinson’s challenger for the Governor’s mansion, sitting Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein, has not commented on the verdict. Cooper, who is currently in Switzerland on a European tour of potential sources for international investment in the state, also has refrained from weighing in on Trump’s legal troubles.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore also took to X to air his opposition to the jury’s verdict, echoing Robinson’s assertion that the charges were brought by a Democrat cabal afraid of losing to Trump in November.

“Today’s verdict is an affront to justice and to our country as we know it,” Moore said. “Democrats are terrified of Pres. Trump and know they cannot beat him in November. This shocking attempt to subvert the will of the American people and interfere in an election is a disgrace.

Both of the state’s Republican Senators slammed the verdict in equal fashion.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis registered his surprise at the verdict in a post on X.

“I am shocked by the verdict considering that this case should have never been brought forward,” Tillis said. “From the beginning, it was clear that a radical, politically-motivated state prosecutor was using the full weight of his office to go after President Trump at the same time he turned a blind eye to violent criminals.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Budd called the verdict a “total disgrace” in a statement published on his website and posted to X.

“Previous district attorneys, federal prosecutors and the Federal Election Commission all chose not to pursue this for a clear reason: President Trump committed no crime,” Budd said. “President Trump deserves the same Constitutional rights as any American. But from the start, this was a rigged charade designed to weaponize the justice system to interfere in the presidential election and hurt President Trump.”

“If Americans can be found guilty of a crime based on underlying allegations that were never charged, all of our Constitutional rights are at risk,” Budd added.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx issued a statement on her website accusing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of “overhauling … the justice system to target President Trump.”

“To curry the favor of political allies, DA Bragg took it upon himself to engage in brazen legal alchemy that has set a very damning precedent — the verdicts levied against President Trump are steeped in partisan animus,” Foxx said.

“This decision will inevitably be thrown out by an appeal, but the damage will be done. A political opponent will have grounded a presidential candidate and branded his candidacy. This is beyond outrageous. The rule of law has long served as the foundation for our country, but today, a dark, new chapter has been opened — one where judicial warfare is given a higher priority than fairness.”

U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy said Trump’s conviction indicates the U.S. has become a “banana republic” and is the culmination of “seven years of Democrat lying.”

In a pair of tweets following the verdict, U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop called the ruling a “travesty” and, reaching back to the Napoleonic era, said “lawfare has reached its Waterloo. A reckoning is coming for gangster government.”

Democrat U.S. Rep. Wiley Nickel provided a counterpoint to Republican outrage, saying Trump’s conviction shines a ray of truth on widespread distrust of government writ large.

“Here’s the thing: The American people have been lied to enough by the former President,” Nickel said in a statement posted to his website.

“It’s no wonder that trust in government is at an all-time low. I’m glad to finally have some honesty and truth from this verdict so that our country can begin to heal from President Trump’s divisive rhetoric and extremism. Donald Trump should never be in a position of power again.”

Trump faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced July 11 or a combination of fines, home confinement or other possible punishments. The conviction nor any possible sentence bars him from running for or serving as President if elected.

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