A Manhattan jury found former President Donald Trump guilty Thursday on all 34 charges of falsifying business records to hide “hush money” payments in 2016 to former pornographic movie actress Stormy Daniels.

Upon leaving the courthouse, Trump called the trial a disgrace and said, “This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who is corrupt.” He continued: “The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people.”

Trump faces up to four years in prison.

Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts issued a statement on the conviction:

This verdict is a travesty to our republic. This was a bogus prosecution engineered by President Biden and his weaponized DOJ that has made the New York justice system look like that of a third-world country where government officials engage in partisan prosecutions against their political opponents.

(Read the rest of Roberts’ statement here.)

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The Biden campaign put out a statement saying that “no one is above the law.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement that the verdict represents a “dark day” in America:

This is a dark day for America. This entire trial has been a sham, and it is nothing more than political persecution. The only reason they prosecuted Donald Trump is because Democrats are terrified that he will win reelection. This disgraceful decision is legally baseless and should be overturned promptly on appeal. Any judge with a modicum of integrity would recognize that this entire trial has been utterly fraudulent.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in a statement on X that a guilty verdict never would have been reached if Trump wasn’t the person being charged.

MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy organization, called the verdict a “small degree of justice” in a statement:

Today, a jury concluded that Donald Trump broke the law. This verdict represents a small degree of justice against Trump and his enablers and now millions of MoveOn members will keep up their work to guarantee he loses at the ballot box, too.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., the No. 4 Republican in the House, said the verdict demonstrates that the nation’s legal system under President Joe Biden is “rigged.”

Before beginning to deliberate on a verdict Wednesday, the 12-member jury received unusual instructions in Manhattan Criminal Court from Judge Juan Merchan, as Fox News’ John Roberts reported on X.

The former president spoke to reporters and onlookers Tuesday outside the court before closing arguments in his trial.

Also before those closing arguments, actor and liberal activist Robert De Niro showed up at the courthouse to denounce Trump and his supporters and express his own support for Biden. 

Inside the courtroom during closing arguments, Trump’s lawyer argued that the prosecution had failed to come up with any evidence that Trump committed a crime.

“President Trump is innocent,” defense attorney Todd Blanche said. “He did not commit any crimes, and the district attorney has not met their burden of proof, period.” 

Blanche was referring to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat.

Trump’s attorney also pointed to the prosecution’s star witness, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, as an unreliable witness with a history of lying.

“You cannot send someone to prison based on the words of Michael Cohen,” Blanche told the jury.

Merchan, the judge, reprimanded Blanche for this remark, calling it “outrageous” and “highly inappropriate.”

The prosecutor, Joshua Steinglass, rested his case by arguing that Trump’s defense was built on deception.

“The name of the game was concealment and all roads lead to the man who benefited most, the defendant, Donald Trump,” Steinglass said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.