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Read the worst things Manhattanites said about Trump during jury selection for the Trump Org tax evasion trial.


Threats against federal judges have increased dramatically under Donald Trump’s administration.Evan Vucci/AP

  • About 60 Manhattan residents were questioned by the jury about the Trump Organization’s tax evasion.

  • Only one expressed positive views of the former president; she was not on the jury.

  • Other rejected jurors said Trump was “a con man” and “has a diagnosable personality disorder.”

They called him ‘racist’, ‘liar’ and ‘crook’

And then there were the people of Manhattan who got really creative, including a nurse at a cancer hospital who said, “I struggle with the fact that I believe thoughts and Mr. Trump’s actions are fundamentally guided by a diagnosable personality disorder.”

Here are the worst things said about Donald Trump during jury selection this week, in the 15th floor courtroom where the Trump Organization – the former president’s former golf resort and real estate empire – is on trial for tax evasion.

Three people who expressed their dislike of Trump during jury selection but promised to be fair — a quarter of the jury — were seated.

But not these other Manhattanites. Their comments on anything Trump-related were so overwhelmingly negative that even prosecutors had to agree to their apologies.

“Every day he perpetuates the ‘big lie,'” said an Upper East Side woman who is an administrator at a public school in the city and who joked that she lives “with a ton of cats “.

“That’s a problem,” she added.

“So I have an opinion. My opinion is based on that. What else would you like to know?”

“Yeah,” said a workers’ compensation attorney who was among Trump’s most vocal critics.

“I absolutely hate him. He’s a liar and he’s a con artist. He’s a danger to our society,” he said. “I think his college is a scam. His charity is a scam. He has trouble with the truth.”

An independent contractor from Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood promised, “I can be fair.”

Then he added this, in a conciliatory tone: “He is a small man, but he is not judged here.

When a defense attorney asked this prospective juror to explain what he meant by “a small man,” the independent contractor replied, “He’s emotionally small.”

A woman, an advertising executive, has been kicked out after she told another potential juror, ‘there’s no way in hell’ she could be impartial.

But the cake-taker was a prospective juror who said on Tuesday he had been unable to sleep the night before, after his first day of sitting in the courtroom for the first day of jury selection.

He had had overnight flashbacks to when Trump was president, he explained, his voice apologizing. And it literally made him sick to his stomach.

“Your honor, I have strong feelings about Donald Trump that have turned into a very visceral feeling in my stomach that I haven’t felt in two years since he was president,” the man said. middle-aged to the judge.

“I don’t feel like it’s a very healthy thing for me to be here.”

State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan asked the defense and prosecution if they had any objections to the man being released. They do not have.

“Thank you, sir,” the judge then told him. “You are excused.”

Outside the courtroom, several reporters asked the relieved-looking man if he wanted to add anything.

“No, I’m sorry,” he said as he rushed out.

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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