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Donald Trump criticized for possible absence at son’s milestone in Florida due to campaign event


Florida – Judge Juan Merchan, presiding over Donald Trump’s New York trial for allegedly falsifying business records linked to a hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, initially faced criticism for denying the former president the chance to attend his youngest son Barron’s high school graduation in Florida. Merchan had mandated Trump’s presence at daily court sessions and informed him he could face arrest if he chose not to attend.

Amidst the nationwide debate that ensued, Trump accused Judge Merchan of unfairly requiring his attendance at trial, thus potentially preventing him from being part of his son’s milestone event. However, Merchan reconsidered and ultimately showed leniency, allowing Trump to attend Barron’s graduation.

Trump Faces Criticism Over Graduation Day Scheduling Conflict

Despite this gesture from Judge Merchan, Trump soon faced scrutiny for scheduling a campaign appearance at the Minnesota Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on the same day as Barron’s graduation. The event, set for Friday, May 17, raised doubts about whether Trump would fulfill his initial intentions.

Critics on social media were quick to respond. One user remarked, “Oh yeah, after that huge pity party Trump had about not being able to attend Barron’s graduation!” Another added, “At least Barron can graduate and celebrate without having his day turned into a political whining spectacle.”

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Trump’s Claims of Unfair Treatment

Previously, Trump voiced his concerns over potentially missing Barron’s graduation, attributing it to Judge Merchan’s supposed biases. He wrote on Truth Social, “Who will explain for me, to my wonderful son, Barron… that his Dad will likely not be allowed to attend his Graduation Ceremony?” He accused Judge Merchan of being “seriously conflicted and corrupt.”

Trump has argued that his New York trial is a politically motivated effort to discredit him.

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Gag Order Violations and Potential Jail Time

Trump currently faces 34 counts of falsifying business documents related to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. Judge Merchan had imposed a gag order barring Trump from publicly commenting on anyone involved in the trial, which Trump has violated at least 10 times.

Merchan warned Trump that further violations could lead to jail time. “The magnitude of this decision is not lost on me,” Merchan stated. “But at the end of the day, I have a job to do. So as much as I don’t want to impose a jail sanction… I want you to understand that I will if necessary and appropriate.”

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While it remains uncertain if Trump will attend Barron’s graduation before heading to Minnesota, his decision has reignited debates over the former president’s priorities and intentions during this crucial legal battle.

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