Biden Falsely Claims ‘Trump Was Given Every Opportunity to Defend Himself’

Craig Bannister | May 31, 2024
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On Friday, disregarding all facts to the contrary, President Joe Biden outrageously claimed that “Donald Trump was given every opportunity to defend himself” in a trial prosecuted by a Manhattan district attorney who campaigned promising to convict him and presided over by a conflicted judge.

“Donald Trump was given every opportunity to defend himself,” Biden, who has prompted growing scrutiny regarding his diminishing mental capacity, claimed at the start of a press event the day following Trump’s conviction on 34 counts of an amorphous, so-called “hush money” offense.

Biden claim is contradicted by widespread, national media coverage reporting, including that:

  • Judge Merchan refused to allow Trump’s attorneys to call expert witnesses for the defense,
  • Judge Merchan placed a gag order on Trump to prevent him from speaking out and making his case to the American public.
  • Judge Merchan contributed to the Biden campaign and his daughter is a Democrat activist.
  • Judge Merchan’s instructions to the jury left the jurors with virtually no other choice, but to vote to convict Trump.
  • Judge Merchan banned Trump's attorneys from explaining to the jury the tortured logic and novel theory used to concoct the charges against Trump.
  • Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg publicly committed himself to convicting Trump.


Biden went on to make another axiomatically false claim: “It was a state case, not a federal case.”

In reality, as has been widely reported, Manhattan D.A. Bragg and Judge Merchan usurped a misdemeanor reporting case under federal jurisdiction – which the Justice Department did not pursue – twisted it into a felony charge, and prosecuted it, all without specifying any predicate crime or its elements.