Senate Democrats in battleground battles are making sure they weigh in on Trump's verdict

Democrats facing the most competitive Senate elections in November have remained relatively quiet about the guilty verdict handed down to former President Trump on Thursday, while fighting the ability of Republicans to flip their seats.

Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Bob Casey, D-Penn., did not comment on the news of Trump's conviction Thursday night or Friday morning, as their colleagues sounded off on either side of the aisle.

Trump was found guilty by a New York jury of 34 counts of falsifying business records, which he did to cover payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels made after an alleged affair with her.

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Bob Casey and Sherrod Brown did not respond to the guilty verdict in Donald Trump's case in New York. (Getty Images)

Montana, Ohio and Nevada are home to the most competitive Senate races in the country, according to nonpartisan political handicapper the Cook Political Reportin which the incumbent Democrats face a real risk of losing their seats, in addition to the majority in the Senate.

“Senator Tester respects the judicial process and believes that everyone should be treated fairly in court, and voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box this November,” a spokesperson for Tester said in a statement to Fox on Friday NewsDigital. afternoon.

“Every American, even a former president, is governed by the rule of law and must be held accountable for criminal actions,” Rosen said in a statement. “A jury has made a decision and I respect our justice system and the outcome of this fair and impartial process.”

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Jon Tester

Tester is competing in one of the most competitive races in the country. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In her own statement, Baldwin told Fox News Digital: “Donald Trump had his day in court. A jury of his peers saw that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty. No one, including a former president, is above the law. .”

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Mike Berg denounced the senators' dovish responses, saying in a statement to Fox News Digital: “All of these Democrats supported Joe Biden, who is leading this witch hunt, so it's clear they are support legal warfare. against President Trump. Democrat Senator Jon Tester even advocated physical violence against President Trump, so his refusal to embrace the verdict is very surprising.

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Donald Trump reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to hide money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, USA May August 30, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. (REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)

Spokespeople for Brown and Casey did not comment in time for publication.

In 2019, Tester told MSNBC's “Morning Joe”: “I don't think it does you any good, even in states where Donald Trump has won a big victory, if you run from Donald Trump.” I think you should go back and beat him up. the face” when responding to a question about Republican colleagues supporting the then-president.

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Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower after being found guilty

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower on Thursday, May 30, 2024, after being found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. (Felipe Ramales for Fox News Digital)

Republican lawmakers responded promptly to the verdict Thursday, with most of them criticizing the conviction. Democratic lawmakers' reactions ranged from celebration to solemn acknowledgment and assertions that the verdict should be respected.

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In Tester's case, he comes from a state where Trump defeated President Biden by more than 16% in 2020, despite losing the presidency. In 2016, Trump won the red state by an even larger margin.

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