Trump Says NYC Trial Having ‘Reverse Effect’ – ‘We Could Win New York’

Former President Donald Trump says he is “making a big play” for New York City on the campaign trail as the city continues to face an overwhelming influx of migrants and an unchecked crime wave. After spending more than eight hours in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday for the second day of his criminal trial, Trump made a campaign stop at a local convenience store, where he said Democrats’ efforts to prosecute him were having a “reverse effect.”

“It makes me campaign locally, and that’s okay,” Trump told reporters. “We’re doing better now than we’ve ever done, so I think it’s having a reverse effect.” If elected to the White House in November, Trump said he would work with Democrat Mayor Eric Adams to stop the New York City crime wave.

“We’re going to come in – Number one, you have to stop crime and we’re going to let the police do their job. They have to be given back their authority. They have to be able to do their job,” Trump said. “And we’re going to come into New York. We’re making a big play for New York, other cities, too. But this city, I love this city.”

Trump lived in New York for nearly seventy years before changing his residence to Florida in 2019. Following Tuesday’s court appearance, he remarked that the city had “gotten so bad in the last three years, four years.”

“And we’re going to straighten New York out. So, running for president, we’re putting a big hit in New York. We could win New York,” Trump told reporters. If successful, Trump would be the first Republican presidential candidate to win the city since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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Trump addressed reporters outside the shop of Jose Alba, a 61-year-old clerk who fatally stabbed an ex-con in 2022 who tried to assault him. Alba was initially brought up on murder charges by district attorney Alvin Bragg, resulting in widespread backlash. Trump was invited to speak by the Bodega and Small Business Group.

“I respect [the Small Business Group] and they respect me,” Trump said. “They want law and order, and they have a lot of crime, tremendous crime where their stores are being robbed.”

Trump also criticized Bragg for allowing violent crime in the city to go unchecked.

“It’s Alvin Bragg’s fault. Alvin Bragg does nothing,” Trump said. “He goes after guys like Trump, who did nothing wrong. Violent criminals, murderers. There are hundreds of murders all over the city. [Prosecutors] know who they are, and they don’t pick them up. They go after Trump.”

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Trump’s visit came just shortly after an appearance by the former President in court for jury selection in his New York City criminal trial. Bragg has charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records in relation to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and told reporters that the trial is “rigged.”

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