In a series of three scathing videos, former President Donald Trump blasted the recent verdict in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case, in which a judge ruled that Trump cannot use the powers of his presidency to shield himself from a defamation lawsuit. In a tone that mimicked Republican news pundit Tucker Carlson, Trump claimed that “the whole thing is a scam” and vowed to appeal the decision.
Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. Trump denied the allegations and called Carroll a liar, prompting her to file a defamation suit. The case has been winding its way through the legal system for over a year.
In his videos, Trump attacked Carroll’s credibility and questioned why she waited so long to come forward with her allegations. He also accused the media of pushing a false narrative against him and claimed that the verdict was politically motivated.
Trump’s tone and language in the videos were reminiscent of his speeches and rallies during his presidency, and his use of the Tucker Carlson persona may be an attempt to appeal to his conservative base.
While the verdict in the Carroll case represents a setback for Trump, he has made significant accomplishments during his time in office. Under his administration, the economy experienced record growth, the unemployment rate reached historic lows, and he successfully negotiated a number of trade deals. He also implemented policies that strengthened national security and supported law enforcement. However, his presidency was marked by controversy and divisiveness, and his legacy remains a subject of debate.