Massachusetts officials and lawmakers react to Trump's guilty verdict – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – Massachusetts state officials and lawmakers reacted to the guilty verdict against former President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon.

Democratic U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts' 7th congressional district said in a statement that Trump's guilty verdict was an “important step toward accountability.”

“Accountability is welcome and long overdue. This man is unquestionably unfit to hold public office. The threat he poses to our nation and our democracy cannot be overstated,” Pressley said.

Pressley also said Trump is not a man being persecuted for his political views. Rather, she said, “He has been deceiving people, causing harm and evading legal accountability for decades.”

“From discrimination against Black tenants to defrauding small businesses to bribery, hush money schemes, election interference and insurrection, this man has broken the law to advance his own interests at the expense of other people and to the detriment of our democracy,” she continued.

Democratic U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, who represents Massachusetts’ 6th congressional district, said in a press release: “It was only a matter of time before [Trump’s] actions led to him facing our justice system.”

He said that this is how the legal system and a healthy democracy should work, regardless of whether people like the verdict or not.

“No one is above the law, not even a former president,” Moulton said. “This is not the time to brag. We are in uncharted waters with a convicted criminal still the favorite for the presidency.”

U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan, a Democrat representing Massachusetts' 3rd congressional district, issued a brief statement in a post on X.

“No one is above the law,” Trahan wrote.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey issued a similarly brief statement on X.

“Trump is a convicted criminal,” he said.

Democratic U.S. Representative Jim McGovern, who represents Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district, released a statement to X.

“It's official: Trump is a convicted felon! Found guilty on all 34 counts,” McGovern said.

Democratic U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, who represents Massachusetts' 8th congressional district, shared his reaction in a statement.

“I am very grateful to Judge Merchan and the New York jury in The People of New York v. Donald J. Trump for upholding the rule of law and unanimously finding former President Donald J. Trump guilty on all counts of 34 charges, upholding the constitutional principle that 'no one is above the law,'” Lynch said.

This story will be updated as further statements are released.

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