Let me save you some time.
Donald Trump is in court today. He is on trial for financial fraud, i.e. inflating the value of his properties, brought by a state Attorney General who has been bent on nailing Trump for something- anything- since she has been in office.
Thing is- this trial is a waste of time. It’s a show, a circus, nothing more. It’s a non-jury trial and the outcome is etched in stone.
The trial judge wants Trump’s head as much as Letitia James does. Arthur Engoron has quite the history. He was a cabbie, piano and drum teacher and band member. He’s burned through three wives. He’s an egoistic and egocentric jerk who cannot resist including himself in his rulings.
Engoron’s rulings are rife with biographical information, part full-disclosure, part nostalgia. He revealed in one decision that he participated in “huge, sometimes boisterous, Vietnam War protests.” He’s also described himself as a free-speech absolutist and said he’s been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1994.
Engoron, who describes Trump as “just a bad guy” also fancies himself a real estate appraiser, which is critical to the trial. Engoron himself decided the value of Mar A Lago in order to hold Trump for trial.
This decision, which came down without a jury, has sent shockwaves through political — and real estate — circles, especially that $18 million base value for the property.
One prominent Palm Beach real estate broker, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Post, “It’s utterly delusional to think that property is only worth $18 million.”
The insider added, “If that property were on the market today, I would list it at around $300 million, minimum … at least. He also has the separate golf course minutes away.”
To put it in perspective, a 2-acre wooded lot at 1980 S. Ocean Blvd., just 5 minutes from Mar-a-Lago, is currently listed for $150 million. Mar-a-Lago, situated at 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., dwarfs this lot tenfold and operates as a commercial business with around 500 members as part of the golf club.
A more sober evaluation came from Forbes
Forbes had appraised the property, which is made up of 128 rooms, at approximately $160 million in 2018 following extensive renovations and its exclusive Palm Beach location on Billionaires’ Row. The property includes a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, five clay tennis courts and a sprawling waterfront pool.
And in the five years since, Palm Beach properties have only increased in value.
One is tempted to think that the banks Trump engaged have no appraisers who appraise for a living. Where are the bankers who made the loan and got paid back?
There apparently is no point in using real estate professionals when you’re Arthur Engoron. This tweet tells absolutely all you need to know about Engoron. Watch the prick primp and grin when the camera finds him.
Video cameras allowed into the courtroom for a brief moment – Judge gives a smile – Reporters are ushered out. pic.twitter.com/TSnxSLnLsQ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 2, 2023
Trump will be fined heavily. But where was the harm? Who did he hurt? This is a clown show run by a clown. I’m not a lawyer but it seems to me that there are lots of grounds for appeal if not outright vacation of the verdict and the penalties. This is not about justice- it’s about a miserable Attorney General who campaigned on getting Trump and a left-wing biased activist narcissist judge who is more than happy to help cripple a former President.