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Cutting Trump’s bond by over half is ridiculous. (Op-Ed)

A New York appeals court paused former president Donald Trump’s civil fraud judgment for ten days and granted a major decrease to his bond. Trump was ordered to pay $454 million; however, his lawyers argued that it would be “impossible” to obtain that amount of money from any insurer. The court decreased Trump’s bond by over half the original amount, to just $175 million. This ruling came the same day that New York Attorney General Letitia James would have been allowed to start seizing Trump’s real estate and bank accounts to fulfill the $454 million bond. How convenient.

This last-minute decision proves how broken our judicial system is and is a testament to Trump’s ability to narrowly slip out of any true consequences for his actions with no more than a slap on the wrist. Watching Trump be afforded privileges that most Americans are denied is sickening. Why does he deserve special treatment? The panel of five judges should have said something along the lines of “Womp womp. Too bad, so sad,” and begun seizing his properties. I would

The average American who is unable to pay bond or bail would not be granted the halving of the court-ordered amount; they would sit in jail and rot. Why is Trump always given special treatment, even in cases in which he has been found guilty? When will MAGA supporters realize that their beloved cult leader is a criminal and does not care for them?

“If he does not have funds to pay off the judgment, then we will seek, you know, judgment enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” Letitia James told ABC News.

The best outcome possible is one where Trump is unable to come up with $175 million in ten days. He barely posted the $83.3 million bond in time for the defamation case loss to E. Jean Carroll. Should MAGA supporters expect another email begging for funds? The general American public cannot afford groceries and rent; there is no spare money lying around to be donated to fund a criminal’s bond. 30 insurers already turned him down once, perhaps they will do so again.


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