‘Rigged Show Trial’ Causes WinRed Crash

Former President Donald Trump’s campaign fundraising page experienced technical difficulties Thursday in the wake of his conviction on 34 felony counts brought by a leftist DA in a solid blue area of the country. The campaign attributed the crash to a flood of donations from supporters outraged by what is being termed a “rigged show trial.”

“The American people see through Crooked Joe Biden’s rigged show trial,” read a post from the Trump campaign on the social media platform X. “So many Americans were moved to donate to President Trump’s campaign that the WinRed pages went down. We are working on getting the website back online as quickly as possible.”

WinRed, the official GOP fundraising site, displayed an “under maintenance” message when visitors attempted to access Trump’s donation page. The campaign briefly redirected donors to an alternative processor as they worked to resolve the technical issues.

Chris LaCivita, co-manager of Trump’s campaign, encouraged supporters to “log back on and try again” if they encountered error messages during the outage.

The former president has a history of leveraging his legal troubles to solicit campaign contributions. Last year, his campaign raised millions of dollars using his mug shot from his Georgia indictment. Political observers anticipate a similar fundraising push in the aftermath of Thursday’s verdict.

President Joe Biden, in a statement released after the conviction, acknowledged that while “no one is above the law,” the ultimate verdict would be rendered by voters in November. “There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box,” the statement said.

Trump, who has consistently denied the affair at the center of the case, pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed approximately 11 hours of deliberations by the 12-person jury.

The conviction marks the first time in U.S. history that a former president has been found guilty of felony offenses, setting the stage for a contentious legal battle as Trump continues his 2024 presidential campaign.