The other day Donald Trump publicly threatened to “confront” E. Jean Carroll, implying he might crash the still-ongoing civil rape trial. Trump still seems to think this is all a reality show, where big surprise endings somehow play in his favor.
But after the judge in the case heard about what Trump had said, he announced that if Trump wants to testify, he’ll have to submit a request no later than this Sunday. Now, if Trump refuses to take the judge up on this, he’ll have a harder time selling his appeal. It’s one thing to not testify and then argue in your appeal that, for instance, some BS overseas trip got in the way. But now the ‘I wasn’t available’ argument isn’t going to be available to Trump during his appeal.
Donald Trump is learning the hard way that he’s now in a whole new arena. One he’s never been in before. One where consequences exist. One where he can spew empty bluster to reporters one day, and get hauled on the carpet by a judge the next day. And this is all from a civil trial. Just wait until we get to his criminal trials.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report