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Texas Gov. Patrick appears at Donald Trump's hush money trial – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was in New York on Tuesday, joining the list of Republican allies set to appear before Donald Trump's hush-money trial, in which the former president is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records.

Trump's defense rested on Tuesday. Trump had previously said he wanted to take the stand but ultimately decided not to testify. Closing arguments begin next Tuesday, after which the case will be handed over to the jury and deliberations will begin.

Patrick announced on

“It's a process you'd expect in Russia, China, North Korea, or some moronic dictatorship in a small country,” Patrick tweeted. “The Biden administration is trying to take out President Trump because they know Biden cannot beat him in November. The whole country knows.”

After the proceedings, Patrick joined other supporters outside and spoke to the media.

“We are here because we are friends of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and when a friend is in trouble, friends stand by him,” Patrick said.

During his time at the microphone, Patrick defended the former president, saying he was targeted because he said something the “ruling class” didn't like.

“They want Donald Trump gone. They want to send him to prison. They want to remove him from the main stage because they know he represents their greatest threat to the overthrow of the ruling class.”

A journalist questioned whether Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire and former president, was himself a member of the ruling class or not.

“Donald Trump is not the ruling class. Donald Trump is for every New Yorker. He's for every Texan. Every state. Donald Trump put his whole life on the line, his whole life for the American people. When he came down the escalator, he probably had no idea that he would be the man in the gap standing up for the American people. And he's standing up for you, even if you don't know it.

Patrick is just the latest member of the Texas GOP to visit New York on Trump's behalf. Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton flew to New York to attend the trial. and called it a “hoax” and a “judicial farce”.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also spoke on Tuesday, calling the trial politically motivated while attacking witnesses who testified for the prosecution.

“When our defense is pursuing arguably the least credible witnesses in the history of, I don't know, witnesses, you can't ask them the most damning questions,” Trump Jr. said. “The star witness in this case is what, a nine-time convicted liar and now a known thief? They hang the whole case on him. The other one happens to be a porn star. Not exactly the ultimate form.” But that’s what you have.

The trial continues with summaries on Tuesday, May 28.

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