Well, showtime has finally gotten underway in Donald Trump’s New York fraud case.
The Trump boys were slotted to take the stand this week, with Donnie Jr. and Eric slated to testify before the end of the week.
Next week, Senior and his daughter, Ivanka, are slated to testify.
Donald Trump Jr. is all about the theatrics, and boy did he supply them during his testimony, undoubtedly frustrating Democrats in the process.
Before court started, he was mugging for the cameras, telling the media that he should have worn makeup. Mind you, that comment came from the same person who makes fun of Ron DeSantis for wearing cowboy boots, calling them “heels” on social media.
Jr., who is a Wharton graduate, told the court that while he understood the premise of General Accounting Principles (GAP), he did not understand a lot of accounting terms.
His comments got the expected laugh from the gallery, but it did get a bit more serious at times.
For instance, when asked about the accuracy of the financial statements, he responded, "I relied on Mazars and our accounting team to tell me what is accurate in regards to accounting. That's why we have accountants.”
Now, I don’t know a serious business person who would ever simply “sign off” on a statement without a detailed explanation, but that is what Don Jr. said he was doing for a business empire worth billions of dollars.
To that point, he doubled down on the statements, stating, "I don't know that I intended them to do anything, I'm fine with signing off on it. It's not as simple as yes or no.”
Eric Trump, at least to me, appeared far more professional during his testimony, and he clearly made a far better impression with the media. I believe him to be a serious businessman, but I cannot say the same for Jr.
To that point, Trump Jr. could not wait to get outside to talk to the media, stating, “I’m apparently guilty of fraud for relying on my accountant to do — wait for it – accounting.”
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as the Executive Vice President of a company, you are responsible for everyone under you, and you are definitely responsible for the financial statements you sign off on.
He is doing his father no favors by playing court jester, especially with the entire future of the company at stake.
His father is literally in a fight for the future of the entire organization, so the cute little quips are not really appropriate here.
And to be clear, I think the basis of this charge is utterly ridiculous and firmly believe that the valuations on Trump’s properties were extremely low, absurdly so, but why do I appear to be taking this case far more seriously than the man who stands to inherit it all if Trump is somehow able to this this case either now or an appeal?