- Around 60 Manhattan residents were interviewed for the Trump Organization’s tax fraud jury.
- Only one spoke positively about the former President; She didn’t make it onto the jury.
- Other disqualified jurors said Trump was “a con man” and had “a diagnosable personality disorder.”
They called him “racist,” “liar,” and “cheater.”
And then there were the residents of Manhattan who got really creative, including a cancer hospital nurse who said, “I struggle with the fact that I believe Mr. Trump’s thoughts and actions are fundamentally governed by a diagnosable personality disorder.”
Here are the worst things said about Donald Trump during jury selection this week in the 15th-floor courtroom, where the Trump Organization — the former president’s golf resort and real estate empire — is on trial for tax fraud.
Three people who expressed dislike of Trump in jury selection but promised to be fair — a full quarter of the jury — sat.
But not these other Manhattanites. Her observations on all things Trump were so extremely negative that even prosecutors had to agree that they should be excused.
“Every day he continues the ‘big lie,'” said an Upper East Side woman who is the city’s school administrator, joking that she lives “with a lot of cats.”
“That’s a problem,” she added.
“So I have an opinion. My opinion is based on that. What else do you want to know?”
“Yes,” said a workers’ compensation attorney who was among the strongest Trump critics.
“I absolutely hate him. He is a liar and a cheat. He’s a danger to our society,” he said. “I think his university is a scam. His charity is a scam. He has trouble with the truth.”
A freelance contractor from Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood promised, “I can be fair.”
Then he added in a forgiving tone: “He’s a little man, but he’s not on trial here.”
When a defense attorney asked this prospective juror to explain what was meant by “a small man,” the freelancer replied, “He’s emotionally small.”
A woman, an advertising executive, was booted after telling another would-be juror “there’s no chance in hell” that she could be impartial.
But the recipient of the cake was a prospective juror, who said Tuesday he couldn’t sleep the night before after sitting in the courtroom for the first time on the first day of jury selection.
He had had flashbacks overnight from when Trump was president, he explained in an apologetic voice. And it literally made him sick.
“Your Honor, I have some strong feelings about Donald Trump that have turned into a very instinctive feeling in my gut that I haven’t had in two years since he became president,” the middle-aged man told the judge.
“I don’t feel like it’s very healthy for me to be here.”
Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan asked the defense and prosecutors if they objected to the man’s release. They have not.
“Thank you, sir,” the judge said to him. “You’re excused.”
Outside the courtroom, several reporters asked the relieved-looking man if he had anything else to say.
“No, I’m sorry,” he said and hurried to the exit.
Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.