Utah's reactions to the guilty verdict against Trump

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah politicians' reactions to the news that former President Donald Trump was found guilty by a New York jury on Thursday on all 34 counts in a hush money trial varied, but it's safe to say the reactions largely ran along political party lines.

“Sad day for America”

In his official election manifesto, Utah Senator Mike Lee called the verdict a “sad day for America” and “a political indictment.”

The senator used his personal X-account to make somewhat clearer statements.

“A mockery”

US Senate candidate Brad Wilson called Trump’s guilty verdict a “mockery of our criminal justice system.”

“Today's verdict makes a farce of our criminal justice system. This trial is a farce, staged for one reason only: Democrats know Joe Biden will lose. This is nothing less than an attempt to undermine the right of the American people to decide for themselves who should be our next president.”

Meanwhile, Utah Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson turned her attention to the safety of the jury that found the former president guilty on 34 counts.

According to prosecutors, the case against the former president involved a plot to influence the 2016 presidential election by paying money to a porn actress who claimed to have had sex with Trump.

“Rule of law”

Several prominent Utahns focused on the rule of law in their responses to the former president's guilty verdict. Jeff Merchant of the Alliance for a Better Utah said the jury held Trump accountable with its verdict.

“No one is above the law. Former President Trump has consistently demonstrated a blatant disregard for the law and the truth, and a jury of his peers has held him accountable for his fraudulent conduct. The verdict marks a significant development in a legal saga that does not end today; it is just beginning.”

A judge set July 11 as the date for the verdict. The 2024 Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin four days later in Milwaukee.

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