In the ongoing saga that is Donald Trump’s existence, another controversy has been added to his tapestry of scandals. As of today, two Trump Organization companies have been found guilty of committing tax fraud and falsifying business records. The two companies in question were the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation.
It’s worth noting that neither Trump nor his family was on trial in this case. However, he was repeatedly name-dropped by the prosecutors as being someone who benefited from this illegal activity.
“This was a case about greed and cheating,” said Manhattan’s District Attorney, Alvin Bragg.
“The Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation got away with a scheme that awarded high-level executives with lavish perks and compensation while intentionally concealing the benefits from the taxing authorities to avoid paying taxes. Today’s verdict holds these Trump companies accountable for their long-running criminal scheme.”
A lawyer for the Trump Organization said that they’d appeal.
Meanwhile, the Trump Organization has made a statement that said, “The notion that a company could be held responsible for an employee’s actions, to benefit themselves, on their own personal tax returns is simply preposterous.”
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What Does This Conviction Mean For America?
While it’s fantastic that justice was served today, the punishment that the Trump Organization will receive is rather small, considering the size of said company. This company will receive a fine of up to $1.61 million.
There are also no laws in New York that can dismantle the Trump Organization. It’ll be up to other businesses to determine if they should receive more loans or contracts.
But what about Trump himself? Will this news create any blowback for the former president? Whelp, probably not. If Trump can almost cause an insurrection, call for the Constitution of the United States to be abolished, and still have stans then it would be surprising if this lawsuit swayed anybody today.
In 2016, Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
In 2022, some Americans continue to prove the spirit of Trump’s claim right.