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Trump Slams Judge For Refusing To Agree To Time Off For Son’s Graduation

Anastasia Boushee
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On Monday, former president and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump condemned the biased judge overseeing his so-called “hush money” trial after learning that he would likely be barred from going to his son Barron’s high school graduation.

This trial centers around supposed “hush money” payments made by Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, to former stripper and adult actress Stormy Daniels. Notoriously soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought this ludicrous case against Trump and elevated a misdemeanor to a felony based on his false claim that the payments were an FEC violation, despite the fact that the FEC declined to charge Trump.

Judge Juan Merchan has shown his bias against the former president repeatedly throughout this ordeal, even refusing to recuse himself from the case after it was revealed that his daughter ran a Democrat campaign firm that had clients who have fundraised off of the so-called “hush money” case — including Vice President Kamala Harris and disgraced Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

With the clear evidence of anti-Trump bias, it was no surprise to many that Merchan told the presumptive GOP nominee that he was expected to be in court for every day of his Manhattan trial — effectively preventing him from campaigning against his likely rival, President Joe Biden, who Merchan has previously donated to.

However, many were surprised to find out that the judge would not even have the ounce of empathy required to grant Trump one day off to see his son graduate from high school on May 17. Merchan did not immediately deny Trump’s request, instead vaguely stating that the matter would be decided based on “if we are on time and where we are in the trial.

Speaking to reporters outside the New York Supreme Court building following the first day of jury selection, Trump stated: “I was looking forward to that graduation with his mother and father there, and it looks like the judge does not allow me to escape this scam.”

That wasn’t the only shocking decision made by the judge on Monday — as he also confirmed that he would not allow Trump to miss a day of the trial to attend a hearing for another political prosecution he is facing: the Supreme Court’s hearing on Trump’s presidential immunity defense.

“Arguing before the Supreme Court is a big deal, and I can certainly appreciate why your client would want to be there, but a trial in New York Supreme Court … is also a big deal,” Merchan told Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche. “I will see him here next week.”

Trump also spoke out about this decision to reporters, stating: “He won’t allow me to leave here for a half-a-day to go to D.C. and go before the United States Supreme Court, because he thinks he’s superior, I guess, than the Supreme Court.”

The trial may last as long as eight weeks and is scheduled for every weekday except Wednesday.