Even Trump's allies admit that a guilty verdict would hurt him

Former Trump deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said a guilty verdict would change the minds of some voters.

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Gidley said on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper: “I think the election really comes down to the issues that the American people care about. They don't really care about this case right now, the verdict that might change some people's minds, there's no doubt about that, but at the end of the day what we're talking about is, can you afford gas and buy groceries? Is crime better or worse under Joe Biden, the southern border, drugs in our communities, human trafficking, child smuggling around the world, the outbreak of chaos and the outbreak of wars? Those are the things we'll be debating between now and the election. What the American people think about that, and in the context of this whole process, is of course significant.”

The message from Trump and his water carriers in the corporate media was that the trial and a guilty verdict would not affect the election, but what Gidley said was true. The verdict will turn some people who may have been thinking about voting for Trump away from him, and if Trump loses just 100,000 votes combined in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in a close election, he won't win the election.

The presidential elections in the United States are just around the corner, even if one of the candidates is convicted of crimes. Trump cannot afford to lose voters, and Gidley's comments reveal why the ex-president is preemptively seeking a possible guilty verdict.

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