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Melania Trump’s Courtroom Absence During Historic Trial, Lack of Love?

Former President Trump’s lead defense attorney, Todd Blanche, explained on David Oscar Markus’s podcast “For the Defense” that Melania Trump’s absence from Trump’s recent trial should not be seen as a lack of support. Melania was absent because their son was finishing school in Florida, and Blanche emphasized that her not being in court does not indicate a lack of love.

During the seven-week trial, three of Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, and Eric Trump, attended on various days along with Eric’s wife, Lara Trump. However, Blanche mentioned that he deliberately avoided discussing with Trump whether Melania would attend, stating simply that her absence was just that—an absence, not a sign of unsupportive feelings.

The trial concluded last week with Trump’s historic conviction on all 34 counts related to concealing a hush money payment in New York’s business records, intended to influence the 2016 election. The verdict marked the first criminal conviction of a former U.S. president, with sentencing scheduled for July 11.

Trump expressed that the trial was difficult for Melania, particularly due to the nature of the testimony, accusing prosecutors of intentionally using salacious details to affect her.

Blanche, continuing his media engagements after the verdict, confirmed his plans to appeal the conviction. In a noteworthy segment of the interview, he shared that Markus contributed to a line used in his closing argument. This line targeted the prosecution’s main witness, Michael Cohen, with Blanche branding him the “Greatest Liar of All Time” and cleverly playing on the acronym “GOAT” which is often used to denote the “Greatest of All Time” in sports.

Blanche recalled that the jury seemed to appreciate this creative twist during the trial, interpreting it as an effective way to connect with them.