In the wake of the $83.3 million defamation verdict against former President Donald J. Trump, conservative attorney George Conway has vehemently labeled Trump as an “evil man” devoid of conscience. This harsh criticism follows a jury ruling that Trump must compensate columnist E. Jean Carroll for defaming her while denying her sexual assault allegations, as reported by The Hill.
Conway, speaking to CNN, described Trump as a “deeply disturbed” and “morally bereft” individual, lacking empathy and remorse. This characterization echoed the sentiments expressed by the judge during the trial. The jury found Trump liable for Carroll’s defamation, with the breakdown including $11 million for reputational repair, $7.3 million in additional compensatory funds, and $65 million in punitive damages.
This case marks the second instance where Carroll has successfully claimed damages from Trump. In a previous trial, she was awarded $5 million after the court found Trump liable for sexual abuse in the 1990s and defamation over a separate comment.
Trump, maintaining his stance, plans to appeal the recent defamation ruling, which Carroll and her legal team regard as a significant victory. Conway, soon-to-be ex-husband of former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, stressed that the jurors recognized Trump’s contemptuous attitude towards Carroll, culminating in repeated libel and defamation.
The defamation trial intersected with Trump’s ongoing presidential campaign, notably beginning right after his Iowa caucus victory and extending beyond his New Hampshire win. Trump’s presence in the New York courtroom, despite not being mandated, was seen as a deliberate choice amidst his campaign schedule.
Conway criticized the politicization of the trial, highlighting the reluctance of high-ranking politicians within Trump’s party to openly condemn his actions. He urged these politicians to acknowledge the truth about Trump, calling him a “sexual predator” and “criminal thief,” undeserving of any public office.
Conway’s involvement in the case dates back to 2019, when he encountered Carroll at a cocktail party. He advised her to file a defamation suit and assisted in finding her a lawyer, a fact that came to light during the trial.