Sad day in American politics: MA politicians react to Trump conviction

SALEM, MA — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation quickly supported the legal process that led to the conviction of former President Donald Trump on 34 counts of fraud in a New York courtroom on Thursday, while Trump vehemently maintained his innocence.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem) called the convictions “a sad day for American politics,” adding in a statement: “It was only a matter of time before he faced our justice system for his actions.”

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A New York jury deliberated for two days this week before returning guilty verdicts on all 34 counts in the hush money trial.

The verdict is scheduled for July 11.

(Also on Patch: Trump found guilty on all 34 counts in hush money trial)

“In America, no one is above the law – regardless of wealth, fame or position. This value is the foundation of our democracy,” said US Representative and Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) in her statement. “Today, the rule of law was upheld. A jury of Donald Trump's colleagues evaluated the facts and found him guilty on 34 counts.”

“Trump made deception a cornerstone of his campaign for the White House. And now he will go down in history as the president with two impeachments and 34 capital crimes convictions – with more to come. The American people deserve so much better.”

After the verdict, Trump railed against what he called a “rigged trial by a corrupt judge with conflicts of interest,” saying, “The real verdict will be made on November 5th by the people here, and they know what happened here, and everyone knows what happened here.”

Trump then blamed the Biden administration for being behind the allegations, which he said were staged to “harm a political opponent.”

In his statement on the ruling, Moulton also referred to the upcoming presidential election – with Biden and Trump as the likely candidates of their respective parties.

“This is not the time to brag either,” he said. “We are in uncharted waters with a convicted criminal still considered the favorite for the presidency.”

U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Boston) said the unanimous ruling was “an important step toward accountability. … Accountability is welcome and long overdue.”

U.S. Representatives James McGovern (D-Worcester) and Lori Trahan (D-Lowell) also referenced the convictions in their respective social media feeds.

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