Donald Trump Denies Falling Asleep During Hush Money Trial

Former President Donald Trump denied reports that he has fallen asleep during certain moments of the hush money trial, insisting that he is still awake even if his eyes are closed.

Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, “Contrary to the FAKE NEWS MEDIA, I don’t fall asleep during the Crooked D.A.’s Witch Hunt, especially not today. I simply close my beautiful blue eyes, sometimes, listen intensely, and take it ALL in!!!”

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The notion that Trump dozed off largely started during jury selection, when Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported that Trump “appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.” She wrote that his attorney, Todd Blanche, “appeared to jolt” Trump awake so that he would notice notes that he had passed to him during the proceedings.

Trump has since complained of the chilly temperature in the Manhattan courthouse. As he left the courthouse today, he complained again about Judge Juan Merchan’s gag order. But he showed restraint when reporters asked him about the testimony of one witness, Keith Davidson, an attorney who represented Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

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