James’ campaign has sent out similar messages with the same message in recent months as it leans on its $2.6 million campaign war chest to win re-election in the deep blue state: “I won’t bow down. I will not break. I will not be intimidated.
None of them mention Trump or Cuomo by name. His campaign said there was no coordination with James’ office.
“Once again, powerful and corrupt men have made headlines, my friend,” read the appeal for fundraising on Wednesday. “But I’m not surprised. Since I was sworn in as your Attorney General and sworn to do everything in my power to finally bring the most corrupt actors to justice, they have worked tirelessly to bring me down.
She is not alone. Trump also sent a fundraising email to his supporters after the lawsuit was filed.
“I’m ready to FIGHT BACK, but I need to know I have your support. I want to show the left that no matter how hard they try, the American people will NEVER believe their LIES and CALMANDS,” his campaign arm wrote Wednesday.
James not only swore to fight politicians’ misdeeds, but she was also the focus of their own vindication tours. Still, the fundraising emails could play into accusations from her biggest critics that politics is at stake, which she denied.
“Saying that you have money that you don’t is not the art of the deal,” she said Wednesday. “It’s the art of theft, and there can’t be different rules for different people in this country or in this state. And past presidents are no different.
Trump, who is known for turning his political enemies into recurring characters on his traveling rally show MAGA, frequently underscores James’ campaign promises to investigate him at rallies, interviews and on social media, such as proof that she is yet another example of how he was unfairly targeted.
He even interrupted his speech at a recent event in Arizona to play a reel of James’ comments against him.
James has also come under fire from Cuomo and his allies since his August 2021 report revealed he sexually harassed 11 women, including some former assistants. This led to widespread calls for him to step down or be impeached by the state legislature. He chose to resign within weeks.
Now he filed an ethics complaint against her, and if found guilty, it could result in her disbarment.
His office rejected his allegations: “Mr. Cuomo resigned after an independent investigation revealed that he attacked several women who worked for him. New Yorkers are ready to step forward and close this sordid chapter in our state’s history.
Now she’s also looking to push back against Trump’s claims that she’s leading a “witch hunt” against him.
“She campaigned on this four years ago,” Trump said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “It was a vicious campaign and she just talked about Trump; “We’re going to charge him, we’re going to get him.” She didn’t know anything about me. I never heard of her.
Trump said he didn’t expect James to take legal action and “felt like she wanted to settle.”
James said his office rejected the settlement offers.
“I will not negotiate in public, and as you know, as has been publicly reported, we have rejected the settlement offers they have submitted,” she told reporters on Wednesday, but, she added, “Our doors are always open”.
James takes on Republican Michael Henry, a New York lawyer, on Nov. 8. Republicans, including Trump, have lambasted the timing of James’ trial ahead of the election. Trump claimed on her social media site Truth Social that she “does poorly against Law & Order AG nominee, the highly respected Michael Henry.”
A Siena College poll last month showed her leading 50% to 36%.
At a January rally in Florence, Arizona, the former president dramatically interrupted his speech to show a video of different times when James spoke about Trump.
The crowd booed after watching the video of James, which showed her calling Trump an “illegitimate president” and ended with the words “liberal lopsided” projected across her face.
“I don’t even know who the hell she is. I’ve never heard of her before,” he continued.
A similar video was used by Trump allies after James’ press conference announcing his trial this week.
If Trump had anything to say to James, he got his chance face to face last month when she won the right in court to decide him on the case. Trump, who was questioned shortly after the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago as part of a separate investigation into his handling of classified documents, has repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment.
“I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question,” Trump said in a statement at the time. “When your family, your business, and everyone in your orbit became the targets of an unfounded and politically motivated witch hunt backed by lawyers, prosecutors and fake media, you have no choice.”
James was unfazed.
“Two judges dismissed these witch hunt allegations, so I don’t give any credence to the names he mentioned to me,” she told reporters on Wednesday.