New York City protesters has serenaded Donald Trump Jr. with chants of “crime family” as he enters the courthouse to testify in his father’s fraud trial.
New York City protesters serenade Donald Trump Jr. with chants of "crime family" as he enters the courthouse to testify in his father's fraud trial.
New Yorkers are AWESOME!pic.twitter.com/QpFJEj8v9L
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) November 13, 2023
It has been noted that returning to the stand in his family’s civil fraud trial in New York, Donald Trump Jr. described his father as “an artist with real estate”. The younger Mr Trump made the case for the Trump Organization that the ex-president was a “genius”.
He was the first defence witness in the trial, in which he is a co-defendant along with his father and brother Eric.
A loss in court threatens the Trump real estate empire, which could be banned from doing business in New York. A judge has already ruled Trump significantly inflated the value of his properties by more than $2bn (£1.65bn) in order to secure favourable loans, and the trial focuses on charges of falsification of business records, insurance fraud and conspiracy.
In the courtroom on Monday, Mr Trump Jr continued the charm offensive seen in his first appearance two weeks ago for the prosecution, appearing relaxed, cheerful and confident.
Much of the testimony was largely unrelated to the claims at the heart of the case.
Soon after being sworn in, he drew laughs by saying New York Attorney General Letitia James – the prosecutor bringing the case – might sue him for perjury if he said “it’s good to be here”.