CNN Reporter: Potential Trump Acquittal in New York Trial is 'Worst-Case Scenario for Democrats'

 May 28, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is facing a highly anticipated criminal trial in New York, charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records.

As Fox News reported, a CNN reporter warned that a jury acquitting former President Trump in his New York criminal trial would be the "worst-case scenario" for Democrats, as it could boost Trump's chances over President Biden in the upcoming election.

Trump, charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, allegedly falsified records relating to a hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. He has pleaded not guilty, denying any affair with Daniels.

Former President Trump Denies All Charges

CNN political correspondent Sara Murray suggested that an acquittal could be the worst-case scenario for Democrats, potentially boosting Trump's chances against President Biden. Legal analysts on MSNBC generally predict a conviction, citing strong evidence against Trump. Anti-Trump attorney George Conway and former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal have also expressed skepticism about an acquittal.

"I think that it’s very likely this is the only trial that we are going to get before Election Day. And this case is not a slam dunk, which means that Donald Trump may very well not be convicted. Acquitted is the worst-case scenario for Democrats," said Murray.

Pollsters and a Quinnipiac University survey indicate that a conviction or acquittal might not significantly change voter preferences. Many voters have already formed strong opinions about Trump. Public opinion on the trial's legitimacy is deeply divided, reflecting broader national political divisions.

Legal Experts Weigh In On Possible Outcomes

Legal analysts have varied opinions on the likely outcomes of the trial. Sara Murray emphasized the potential political boost for Trump if he is acquitted, while George Conway and Neal Katyal highlighted the challenges in securing a unanimous acquittal.

George Conway remarked, "I don’t think they can get an acquittal. I don’t think they’re going to get 12 votes unanimously to acquit him. I think their best shot, and that’s what they’re going to do, is hope that there’s just some person on the jury who refuses to convict."

Some Americans have expressed skepticism about the trial's legitimacy. Brad, a resident of Clovis, California, described the trial as a "total farce" and expressed shock if it isn't dismissed.

Public Opinion Divided As Trial Continues

The trial's significance extends beyond the courtroom, influencing public opinion and the upcoming presidential election. Trump’s supporters and detractors are closely watching the proceedings, with strong opinions on both sides.

Neal Katyal commented on MSNBC, "I suspect that it’s going to be successful," referring to the prosecution's case. This trial, charged with political and legal ramifications, underscores the deep divisions in American society.

The outcome of this trial, whether acquittal or conviction, is poised to shape the political landscape leading up to the election. Trump's legal battles and their potential impact on his candidacy remain a focal point of national attention.


As the trial of former President Donald Trump progresses in New York, charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, the outcome remains uncertain. Legal analysts predict a likely conviction or hung jury, but the possibility of an acquittal cannot be ruled out. Public opinion is deeply divided, reflecting broader national political divisions. The trial's outcome could significantly influence the upcoming presidential election, especially if Trump is acquitted. Voters and political analysts alike are keenly observing the proceedings, aware of the potential implications for the 2024 election.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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