Trump campaign warns other GOP candidates not to use guilty verdict to solicit campaign donations

“We’re keeping a list, we’ll be checking it twice and we aren’t in the spirit of Christmas,” Trump's co-campaign manager warned.

Published: May 31, 2024 8:56am

Updated: May 31, 2024 9:03am

The campaign for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is reportedly warning fellow 2024 GOP candidates not to use the verdict in his New York hush money trial to raise donations for their respective campaigns. 

Trump co-campaign manager Chris LaCivita said that any Republicac elected official, candidate or party committee “siphoning money from President Trump’s donors are no better than Judge Merchan’s daughter,” according to Politico,

Merchant is the judge presiding over the Manhattan trial in which Trump on Thursday was convicted on 34 federal counts of falsifying business document during his 2016 presidential campaign to cover up a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniel for an alleged sexual encounter about 11 years earlier.

Trump had been critical of Merchan’s adult daughter, Loren Merchan, who has ties to the Democratic Party. 

“We’re keeping a list, we’ll be checking it twice and we aren’t in the spirit of Christmas,” LaCivita said, Politico reported. 

The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has been using the verdict to fundraise for the former president’s reelection campaign.

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