Trump immediately fundraises off of historic felony conviction

  • Donald Trump's campaign quickly fundraised off of his status as a convicted felon.

  • "I'm a political prisoner," a graphic on Trump's campaign website read.

  • President Joe Biden's campaign also fundraised shortly after the verdict was announced.

Former Donald Trump's campaign sought to immediately capitalize on the fact that he is now a convicted felon.

"I'm a political prisoner," a graphic on Trump's campaign site read after a Manhattan jury found him guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

Trump is not a prisoner yet. Justice Juan Merchan has set sentencing for July 11. It is possible the former president could avoid prison time, though he could also be sentenced to time behind bars.

"I was just convicted in a RIGGED political Witch Hunt trial: I DID NOTHING WRONG," the graphic continued.

President Joe Biden's campaign, which mostly avoided commenting on the proceedings, also jumped at the opportunity.

"There's only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box," Biden's political account posted on X. "Donate to our campaign today:"

In the past, Trump's legal struggles have juiced his fundraising. The former president's campaign turned his mugshot into merchandise and now offers signs showcasing it at his rally.

Before Thursday, no former president had ever been convicted of a crime. Trump is also the first former president to face a criminal indictment.

Polling has shown that some voters may been influenced by the verdict, but that was all theoretical until the verdict came in.

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