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Republicans in Tennessee React Strongly to Trump’s Guilty Verdict



Trump guilty verdict criticized

Following a New York jury’s decision to find former President Donald Trump guilty on 34 felony charges last Thursday. Tennessee Republican lawmakers quickly shared their reactions. Trump’s verdict marking the first time a former president has convicted of a felony sparked widespread outrage.

US Sen Marsha Blackburn shared a short message on her campaign account. Which previously known as Twitter using just two words WITCH HUNT. Later she post a longer statement on the platform consisting of seven tweets in the span of an hour.

In her statement, she explained her views further, expressed concern. That if a former President like Trump could face such consequences it set a worried precedent for future Republican nominees in 2024.

Further, she described it as a sad day for the American justice system and compared the situation to countries like Russia, China, and North Korea. Rather than what one would expect in America.


In a statement 1st Congressional District Rep. Diana Harshbarger expressed her feelings about Thursday, described it as a heartbreaking day for our beloved nation. She mentioned that she had traveled to New York to support Trump during his trial.

Harsh barger strongly criticized the conviction of President Trump calling it a terrible injustice and mark against our legal system. She emphasized that this Trump’s verdict does not just affect Trump but also undermines the principles of fairness and justice that every American holds dear.

Despite the setback she expressed confidence that Trump would return stronger.

It's reelection time for U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn!
It’s reelection time for U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn!

Memphis Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen Tennessee only Democrat in the federal delegation. Which expressed his reaction on Twitter with a simple YES followed by emojis depict the scales of justice and the American flag.

In a subsequent tweet he highlighted the significance of the rule of law which is stating that it prevailed on that day. He emphasized the fundamental principle that in America everyone regardless of their position is subject to the law.


State lawmakers shared their opinions as well.

Governor Bill Lee expressed his concerns on X, stating, “A justice system influenced by politics doesn’t benefit the American people.” He noted that voters in Tennessee and nationwide perceive the Trump’s verdict as a political move and pledged. That they would express their disapproval at the polls come Election Day in November.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally voiced his perspective on the Trump’s verdict, labeling it as a “truly terrible example” for the future. He remarked, “Regardless of personal opinions about President Trump, today marks a somber moment for our country.”

McNally criticized the trial as being politically driven, resulting in an outcome aligned with political interests rather than justice.


Metro Councilmember Courtney Johnston, who is competing against 5th District. Rep. Andy Ogles in the upcoming Republican primary on August 1, shared her thoughts in a statement. She expressed worry about the ongoing misuse of the judicial system, stating that it should worry every American.

Johnston criticized what she sees as activist prosecutors targeting President Trump for political gains. But she believes that the American people are aware of this tactic. She predict that this action will result in a significant surge of support for Republicans in the November elections.

New York prosecutors accused Trump of alternate business records to hide a $130,000 payment. Which he made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. The payment allegedly made to keep her quiet about their affair.

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