The trial of Donald Trump causes a wave of jokes, memes
The trial of Donald Trump causes a wave of jokes, memes

A skit of Donald Trump appearing in a New York courtroom related to his hush money trial has sparked jokes and memes about him on social media.

The former president faces 34 felony charges in connection with falsifying business records for secret cash payments made to former adult film star Stormi Daniels weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump a decade ago, which he denied. Prosecutors, led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, say the payments were part of a scheme to stop potentially damaging stories about Trump from becoming public. Prosecutors also alleged that Trump reimbursed his former lawyer Michael Cohen through a series of checks for “hush money” payments made to Daniels. Meanwhile, Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in 2024, was in a New York courtroom Monday for a preliminary hearing related to the criminal case. Before entering, the former president said: “This is a witch hunt. It’s a scam.” His legal team is expected to appeal the April 15 start date for the hush money trial in the hope of another delay or the dismissal of the 34 offenses altogether.

The court appearance also got some attention on X, formerly Twitter, based on Trump’s presence and the courtroom sketch drawn by Jane Rosenberg. It shows the former president with an embarrassed smile while seemingly looking directly in the artist’s direction.

“When the edible strikes,” journalist Aaron Rupar wrote on X along with the photo.

“Winners of the day Trump and this sketch artist,” X user @benstanton77 wrote. “He should hang this at MaraLago.” In a separate post, @benstanton77 added a meme and wrote: “You can’t make this up, the sketch artist today turned Trump into the literal meme.”

Multiple X users, such as the account End Wokeness, referred to the sketch as an “instant classic”.

“Today’s President Trump courtroom sketch is a classic,” posted user @bubblebathgirl. “He always wins, even when pursued.”

“The Trump courtroom sketch is next level,” wrote X user Ian Miles Cheong.

Courtroom sketches of Trump have been plentiful, especially over the past year or so due to his multiple court cases going on at the same time. They led to some scrutiny, namely from Trump supporters who took issue with the way Trump and his lawyer, Alina Haba, were portrayed.

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at 40 Wall Street after a preliminary hearing Monday in New York. A sketch of Trump’s appearance in a New York courtroom related to…

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Meanwhile, Trump also got some good news on Monday when a New York appeals court ruled in his favor, reducing his bond from $464 million to $175 million, giving him 10 days to pay the amount before New York’s attorney general York Letitia James to be able to put a lien on his properties.

The former president’s legal team argued in court that the previous bond amount was “virtually impossible” to pay due to the lack of bond companies interested in that kind of money. The bail amount comes more than a month after Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay for fraudulently inflating the value of his assets to obtain bank loans.

“We will comply with the Appellate Division’s ruling and provide either bail, equivalent securities, or cash,” Trump wrote on Truth Social after the court victory. “It also shows how ridiculous and outrageous Engoron’s original $450 million decision was. I DID NOTHING WRONG AND NEW YORK SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN THIS POSITION AGAIN. BUSINESSES ARE FLEEING, VIOLENT CRIME IS THRIVING AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS BE RESOLVED ASAP. THANK YOU!”