Trump Falls Asleep at Trial, Sparks Flood of Mockery

( – During his appearance in court in Manhattan for the first day of trial in the hush money case against him, former President Donald Trump appeared to fall asleep and is now experiencing a wave of criticism similar to what President Joe Biden has endured for similar instances.

On Monday, April 15, Trump showed up to his trial in Manhattan Criminal Court for the start of the jury selection process during which he reportedly dozed off a few times. According to Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter, the former president appeared “to be sleeping” and that his head kept “dropping down” with his mouth going “slack.” She also claims that Trump glared at her for several seconds while exiting the courtroom for the afternoon break. Another reporter, Susanne Craig, claims to have seen the former president “nodding off” as well.

Critics immediately jumped on the report, some of them using the hashtags #SleepyDonald or #SleepyDon, a play on one of Trump’s nicknames for President Joe Biden, who the former president often calls “Sleepy Joe.”

Former US Attorney Preet Bharara wrote on Twitter that he’s “never heard of a defendant falling asleep at his own trial” on day one. Bharara was fired by Trump in 2017 when the former president took office.

Legal commentator and attorney Tristan Snell also posted about the news on Twitter, stating that Trump, whom he called “Sleep Don,” appears to be “too old and low-energy to be president.”

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, wrote that one doesn’t “need to be a lawyer to know” it doesn’t “leave a good impression on potential jurors” if a defendant is falling asleep during selection.

In the New York hush money trial, Trump faces 34 felony counts, to which he’s pleaded not guilty. He’s also in the middle of three other criminal cases, to which he’s also entered not-guilty pleas, maintaining that all of the legal attacks on him are part of a larger plot by Democrats to weaponize the justice system against him to keep him from returning to the Oval Office.

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