The judge has successfully called Donald Trump’s bluff, and now Trump has been forced to formally confirm that he’s refusing to testify in the E. Jean Carroll trial. Carroll will likely win almost by default, and now Trump will have a more difficult time trying to win on appeal. After all, he won’t be able to argue that he was somehow shut out of testifying. Trump just keeps finding ways to lose.
It’s also notable that Trump’s ‘will he or won’t he testify’ stunt didn’t delay the trial or the verdict by even a single day. If Trump is attempting to run out the clock on his trials, he’s finding out the hard way that that’s not a real thing.
When E. Jean Carroll wins the trial, the media will insist Trump magically got away with it all because he can appeal the damages. But Carroll isn’t in it for the money. She wants vindication. She wants Trump branded a rapist. Appeal or no appeal, she’ll get what she was seeking.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report