Biden after verdict: Only way to keep Trump out of the White House is at the ballot box

Biden after verdict: Only way to keep Trump out of the White House is at the ballot box

President Biden on Thursday said that the only way to keep former President Trump out of the White House is at the polls in November, after he was found guilty in his New York hush money case.

“There’s only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box,” Biden said on X, sharing a link to a donate to his campaign.

Trump became the first former U.S. president to be a convicted felon after a jury found him guilty on all counts of falsifying business records to conceal alleged affairs during his 2016 campaign.

Biden is not expected to speak on Thursday following the verdict. The president is in Delaware for the nine-year anniversary of his son Beau Biden’s death.

White House spokesperson for investigations Ian Sams said, “We respect the rule of law, and have no additional comment” when asked for the official response to the verdict.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign released a statement, noting that Trump will be the Republican nominee for president, despite the conviction.

“In New York today, we saw that no one is above the law,” said Biden communication director Michael Tyler.

“Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain,” he added.

Tyler also argued that Trump poses a threat to democracy, a warning that the Biden campaign has echoed for the last several months. And, he reiterated its argument that Trump’s campaign is “unhinged” and one of “revenge and retribution.”

Trump’s campaign also fundraised off his conviction Thursday.

“I was just convicted in a RIGGED political Witch Hunt trial: I DID NOTHING WRONG!” his campaign said in a fundraising email. “They’ve raided my home, arrested me, took my mugshot, AND NOW THEY’VE JUST CONVICTED ME!”

“But with your support at this moment in history, WE WILL WIN BACK THE WHITE HOUSE AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Updated: 6:02 p.m.

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