Truckers for Trump Take a Stand Against New York Ruling

( – Some pro-Trump truckers in the United States are considering taking action to protest a New York state supreme court ruling, which fined the former president more than $350 million at the end of a months-long civil fraud trial. One trucker, who goes by the name Chicago Ray on social media, called on truck drivers to cease shipments to New York City in response to the ruling.

Ray urged New York City residents to “start stocking up,” noting that there are millions of truckers who support Trump. However, Ray later deleted the post after it went viral. Truckers should make their own choices about how to respond to the court ruling, Ray said.

Nevertheless, numerous social media accounts replied to Ray’s original post to encourage a trucker boycott of New York City. One user characterized such a protest as a “stand against corruption” in the court system.

In September 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump, two of his sons, The Trump Organization, and two executives for civil fraud. James accused Trump and his associates of inflating the value of their assets in order to secure better loan deals.

On February 16, Manhattan Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to pay approximately $355 million in penalties and banned him from running any corporation in New York for three years. The ruling is part of a series of legal defeats for Trump in New York courts.

Trump said that both the state of New York and New York City are “rigged” jurisdictions. However, that does not appear to be dissuading him from attempting to appeal Engoron’s ruling.

Trump’s legal team will challenge Engoron’s definition of fraud, according to Chris Kise, Trump’s lead attorney in the case. The lawsuit raises “serious legal and constitutional questions” about New York’s ability to prosecute Trump for fraud without demonstrating the standard elements of the crime, Kise said.

Depending on how pro-Trump truckers ultimately react to the ruling, the appeal may take place in a poorly stocked New York City, or perhaps truck drivers will wait to see how the appeal plays out before demonstrating their discontent.

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