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Former President Donald Trump’s attorney in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case has some advice for the victorious plaintiff … do not start spending that award.
She appeared on Monday on the Newsmax show “The Balance” where she spoke to host Eric Bolling about the case and advised Carroll not to “purchase any motorcycles or penthouse apartments.”
“It was like being in an epic Twilight Zone where no rules were allowed but for the other side, and then she goes out there and gloats and says she’s gonna buy France, and a wardrobe, and a motorcycle, and this and that. I want everyone to remember, and I said this in my closing argument to the jury, she’s here to get a check and after this she will continue. She didn’t care, you know, about the defamation. She didn’t. She cared about the publicity,” she said of the defamation trial.
“On appeal, those rulings will come up, the one-sidedness will come up, and we will prevail,” she said. “My advice to her would be not to go ahead and purchase any motorcycles or penthouse apartments.”
During an appearance on MSNBC last month Carroll offered host Rachel Maddow a number of high end items as gifts.
“I have such, such great ideas for all the good I’m gonna do with this money,” she said. “First thing, Rachel, you and I are going to go shopping. We’re going to get completely new wardrobes, new shoes, a motorcycle for Crowley, a new fishing rod for Robbie.”
“Rachel, what do you want? Penthouse? It’s yours, Rachel! Penthouse and, uh, France? You want France? You wanna go fishing in France?” she said before her attorney, who appeared with her, said it was a “joke.”
The video went viral after numerous individuals stated that her comments eroded her credibility.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha said, “If you needed any more proof this whole suit and verdict was a crock, here it is. And of course, Maddow still soaks it all up while not realizing how damaging this is.”
“Rough night for MSNBC,” Outkick founder Clay Travis remarked.
“This shows exactly what’s wrong with the justice system. You’re claiming the harm to your reputation was so bad you need millions to compensate for it, then you make these types of jokes. This also paints real assault survivors in bad lights and makes them seem money hungry. Absolutely disgusting,” Independent Women’s Forum spokesperson Paula Scanlan wrote.
“She’s a nutball,” The Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller said.
Radio host Rob O’Donnell explained, “Being in Law Enforcement and public safety for over 3 decades having worked special victims cases, this is not the mindset of a victim. No amount of money can ever make whole a true victim of sexual assault nonetheless make them giddy.”
“Deranged. Maddow served it up on a silver platter for E. Jean Carroll and she decided to be unhinged in her response,” conservative commentator Steve Guest wrote.
Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump for remarks he made in 2019 in which he vehemently denied her rape allegations.
A year ago, a New York City federal jury rendered a verdict that held Trump accountable for sexual abuse and defamation, but not for rape. The trial resulted in a $5 million payment obligation for the former president.
Carroll made an additional joke about how she would spend the money during her Monday night appearance on CNN, but she quickly clarified her remarks.
“We talk about it a lot. We will do good with that money. We are going to do — Trump has suggested we turn Trump Tower into an animal sanctuary, for instance. That was a joke. That was a joke,” Carroll said. “But no, we are inspired to not waste a penny over this, and we have some good ideas we are working on.”