‘No one is above the law’

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President Joe Biden’s campaign declared “no one is above the law” just minutes after former President Donald Trump was convicted Thursday in a New York courtroom. 

“Donald Trump has always mistakenly believed he would never face consequences for breaking the law for his own personal gain,” Biden campaign spokesman Michael Tyler said in a statement. “But today’s verdict does not change the fact that the American people face a simple reality.” 

The president is not expected to hold a separate news availability to address the verdict, according to a person with knowledge of his plans. But Biden could end up taking a question on it at another time in the future when he’s already in front of reporters.

“We respect the rule of law, and have no additional comment,” said Ian Sams, spokesperson for the White House counsel’s office.

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At the same time, the Biden campaign underscored messaging it teased last week: that voters should wake up to the possibilities of another Trump term. That means, the campaign says, getting supporters involved in Democratic campaigns and fundraisers to stop Trump in November — and getting them to stop expecting that Trump will somehow go away because of the myriad trials he faces. 

“There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: at the ballot box. Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president,” Tyler continued. 

“The threat Trump poses to our democracy has never been greater. He is running an increasingly unhinged campaign of revenge and retribution, pledging to be a dictator ‘on day one’ and calling for our Constitution to be ‘terminated’ so he can regain and keep power,” Tyler said. “A second Trump term means chaos, ripping away Americans’ freedoms and fomenting political violence — and the American people will reject it this November.”

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