When President Trump’s trial begins in Manhattan, it will take place in a location more closely associated with him than almost any other place in the world and also the most biased against him. In a tragic irony, the place Trump helped define is where he can’t hope for a fair trial.
Manhattan is the home of Trump Tower, whose iconic gold letters have long been associated with the real estate tycoon from his ‘Art of the Deal’ book cover to’ The Apprentice’, the Trump World Tower, Trump Park Avenue, and more downtown, the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street.
It’s also the island where Trump did not win a single neighborhood in either 2016 or 2020.
Not only did Trump lose Manhattan by 84% to 14%, but, unlike other city boroughs, he has no base of support here. The white working class voters who came out for him on Staten Island and the Orthodox and Russian Jews who voted for him Brooklyn can’t afford to live here.
The Manhattan of 2023 is rigidly divided between ultra-rich liberals, aspirational millennial hipsters and welfare class residents of housing projects. While Trump improved on his overall numbers in New York City, there’s no base for him in Manhattan where only the very wealthy or poor can survive. Trump hit some of his best numbers around the Lower East Side, with a small remnant working class Jewish community, and Chinatown, which has seen a backlash against Democrats in recent years, but that still meant precincts voting for him in the low 30s.
And those were his bastions of support in the borough.
Manhattan is uniquely rigged against Trump. Its judges, including Justice Juan Merchan, who has already presided over Trump-adjacent cases involving Steven Bannon and Trump organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, are products of the Democrat political machine. Merchan is such an insider that Senator Schumer recommended him to Obama for a federal judgeship.
But the juries are likely to be just as bad.
Fairness was never on the table. After less than a year in office, 73% of New Yorkers disapproved of Trump and 55% wanted him impeached. Manhattan is even worse. This is where rallies in support of Mueller’s investigation of Trump filled Times Square and where even a ‘Jews for Trump’ rally ended in violence and arrests.
Beyond Trump, Manhattan does not have a single neighborhood that is more than 22% Republican. That’s why there isn’t a single Republican city council member. state senator, assemblyman, congressman or other elected official. The Manhattan Republican Party’s examples of Manhattan Republicans who won office on the island end with Andrew Eristoff and Charles Millard in the 90s: who had become the first Republican councilman in 25 years.
But it’s not just Republicans vs. Democrats. Some Democrats are capable of giving a Republican a fair trial: political extremists however are not and Manhattan is full of them. This is the borough where Zephyr Teachout beat Letita James, and former Sex and the City Star Cynthia Nixon had her best numbers against Cuomo. It’s where leftist DA Alvin Bragg beat out a much more experienced and capable candidate backed by the Clinton machine.
If there’s a place and a man where a fair and impartial trial simply cannot happen, this is it.
Washington D.C. trials already showed what happens when monumentally biased juries and judges come together to try Trump associates and opponents. Manhattan will be just as bad or worse. Both Manhattan and D.C. are defined by sharply divided populations of hyper wealthy liberal whites and poor minority residents with no political balance or middle ground.
“There is no possibility he will get a fair trial in Manhattan,” Alan Dershowitz, a resident of the island who is quite familiar with life as a trial lawyer, warned.
“It’s going to be a massive uphill effort if that venue is not changed,” former Rep. Lee Zeldin said.
Trump’s lawyers are reportedly considering asking for a change of venue, but that likely won’t be granted. Much as they may dream of taking the case in front of a Staten Island jury, more likely to have voted for Trump, Merchan and Bragg are not about to let a sure thing walk away from them. Take the case to a jury in any other borough and the odds of honest jurors go up.
American juries, regardless of their political views and biases, generally do their job. That’s one reason why the system works. The exception to the rule is hyper-political bias. Few human beings can be asked to be dispassionate when it comes to someone they really love or hate. Trump Derangement Syndrome has been a systemic experiment in tainting the jury pool and while there are millions of potential jurors in the country who could do their jobs, it’s doubtful that any of them will be found in the hyper-political enclave of Manhattan where Wall Street financiers and gender studies graduates, publishing executives and television journalists, drug addicts and newly minted lawyers share the busy streets and a mindless political monoculture.
I know Manhattan like no other place on earth. I have walked from the Battery all the way up to the George Washington Bridge. I can tell you where to get the best bagels and used books, where to find the hideaways in Central Park that can make you feel like you’re in the woods and the fastest way to get anywhere by subway. I’ve sat at grungy theaters so far off Broadway that they might have been in the East River and at private clubs whose walls were filled with paintings that museums would kill for. There are many things that can still happen amid the walls of glass and steel, gracious hidden gardens, uptown brownstones and museums, housing projects and street life, but I can tell you a fair trial for Donald J. Trump is not one of them.
Hardly. Manhattan started with a shonky deal. Back in the day, the Dutch apparently bought (rorted) the island off the Lenape Indians for 60 guilders plus assorted frippery. Trump’s trial also has a high shonk coefficient. His sham trial has been bought and paid in full by the king of shonk, George Soros.
Mo de Profit says
I had a message with a link to an African interview with CNN Larry Madowoh which sums up how the American government is descending into.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Thanks Daniel! Excellent coverage and information.
No wonder presiding Judge Juan Merchan – Obama and Schumer’s
BFF – has denied the use of video cameras in the kangaroo courtroom
trial of President Trump. If the public cannot see what is transpiring
during the proceedings, they really cannot know for sure who said
This article – which gives us insight as to what it’s really going to be
like for Trump during that trial – is blood-chilling. Watching a mega
and MAGA-powerful billionaire – a former President of the United
States – brought to his knees by Commie Globalists will drive home
the helpless power of the rest of us.
The sham trial of Donald Trump is one Americans should pay attention
to more than anything they ever have before. Tyranny versus
Freedom is what is really on trial.
Steven Kardas says
Bragg is a walking turd with all the stink and flies. It’s easy to convict President Trump. Just ignore the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, Due Process, Assumption of Innocence, The Right to Counsel, The Right to Face Accusers etc… Really, the list is endless. Then throw in prejudiced judges, criminal prosecutorial misconduct, hide exculpatory evidence, make up laws on a whim, gag orders, jury tampering, double jeopardy etc…. and Ta Da ! You have a conviction. Justice in our Nation is a myth. Welcome to the Banana Republic.
The true harm that will happen due to this sham travesty will be America’s loss of respect in the world as a whole. Is the left misguided to the point of playing into the hands of those who wish us harm? Maybe that’s the plan, a plan that benefits our major advisories. The US has been infiltrated with anti-American agents since the end of WWII, but they haven’t been able to do an irreparable amount of harm until some official, I forget who, decided the country was in need of a “major transformation”.
Perfect. Trump and his advisor Peter Navarro tried, in part, to revive the declining middle class, and now Trump will be tried in a place where that middle class is almost completely gone.
Kynarion Hellenis says
A jury of one’s peers is foundational. I would think peers should, at the very least, be able robustly to hold a presumption of innocence. It will take some wizardly lawyering to ferret out the few people who can stand against the ignorant tide of TDS. Even so, preserving that kind of bias / prejudice on appeal can be difficult. In Trump’s case, it will be essential.
The trial should be as public as possible. This trial is really against the American patriots. Trump is, as he well knows, merely standing in the way. God bless him.
G0d bless Donald Trump, and protect him.
David Ray says
As the pure bullshit scam conviction of Douglas Mackey is now a reality, you have a solid point.
America-hating leftists have taken direction from their America-hating heros Saul Alinsky & Leventa Beria with the full support of a compliant news media that took their direction from Pravda.
Sometimes leftist scum screw over little guys just for convenience. (Remember what Hillary did to Billy Dale.)
So watch your backs
Jim Gill says
GK Chesterton wrote that the business of a man was to discover reality and then having done so to pass it along to his fellow man.
Few are you equal in doing so.
Daniel Greenfield says
thank you kindly, Jim
Walter Sieruk says
Question; What is the NY Grand Jury ? Answer; It’s a kangaroo court.
Until recently nobody knew that so many kangaroos made their homes in chilly Manhattan.
Walter Sieruk says
That indictment of Donald Trump by those vicious malice-filled leftists in power isn’t really “; legal prosecution” but political persecution.
Those vicious leftist/socialists along with their comrades of the Red/Green alliance have now come after Donald Trump with all their hate-filled malice, it’s only a matter of time before they will later come after all Conservative patriotic Americans.
rocco barbella says
Short answer, no. No way Trump gets a fair trial.
I used to take long weekends back to NYC almost every year. I stopped as Covid started and I’ll never go back. NYC lost my business.
John Reese says
Fair Trial…..surely you jest!
Rudolph Giulliani as mayor if NYC ckeaned up allall tthe Demo-toxicity, Demo-corruption and Demo-crime, and the rich left took advantage of the cleanup to “occupy” those neighborhoods that Guilliani rendered safe and clean, such as Hells Kitchen. High rents have driven the middle class out of NYC. Now NYC is a crime-infested Gotham, thanks to Demo-politicians, and their apathetic constituency, who live in their sheltered penthouses and send their kids to private woke schools.
Daniel Greenfield says
couldn’t have said it better myself
Ugly Sid says
Trump’s chances in Manhattan are no better than the Romanoff grandchildren’s in Siberia.
Except Trump’s corpse won’t be thrown down a well.
Any jury that is selected for a trial of Donald Trump in Manhattan had better be sequestered. That would not be to protect them from the influence of biased news or individuals They would already be biased. If they had to travel to and from performing jury duty, their means of travel, for example by subway, bus, or walking would be a further method of jury natural selection.
John Blackman says
even in australia TDS is still the medias preferred go too . there is not one media outlet on commercial television that gives any balanced reporting . even a so called expert on american affairs wheeled out the usual trope that ” no one is above the law ”. in reference to trump, he forgot to include ” except democrats ” you may find something more favourable on sky news but few people watch it . the current generation are mostly gullible and lack any discernment . years of dumbed down education has given us a generation who feed at the left wing slop trough and are clueless . tik tok controls one group the other group is told what to believe and why they are to believe it . now that australia has become a province of china with our marxist leaders all taking a lap of honour to china led by marxist dan andrews of victoria . we can now expect the same fate as america . we are not quite there yet but we are in americas rear view mirror .
Spurwing Plover says
With a Nazi War criminals like Soros its Not Fair Trial were looking at Show Tial by the ICC Globalists and a unfair Tials planted evidence and who knows what else its Soros and his ilk who should be tried for their Crimes from WW II him and gates for Crimes Against Humanity and they both should be hanged
The suggestion that DA Baggman has a fair trial in mind for Donald Trump makes me see a send off of an old western. The sheriff wants to get a prisoner out of town to another location where a trial can take place because a mob is coming to hang the prisoner. This DA would not only hand over Trump, but want credit for the lynching before running for governor.
Onzeur Trante says
The trial has to be in Manhattan for Part II of Bragg’s plan to succeed. And if that comes to be, it should be televised in the same way the Watergate trials were televised, non-stop.