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Trump’s guilty verdict does not change the American election race, says Biden campaign

By Jarrett Renshaw

(Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign said Donald Trump’s sweeping guilty verdict in his hush money trial on Thursday proves that “no one is above the law” but will do little to stem the momentum of the Nov. 5 election. change.

“There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: through the ballot box,” Biden campaign spokesman Michael Tyler said after the guilty verdict.

Trump on Thursday became the first US president to be convicted of a crime when a New York jury found him guilty of falsifying documents to cover up a payment to silence a porn star ahead of the 2016 election.

After deliberating for two days, the 12-person jury announced it had found Trump guilty on all 34 charges he faced. Unanimity was required for each decision.

Biden’s campaign spent weeks weighing how to handle the outcome of the hush money trial and ultimately decided not to change course, arguing that a guilty verdict would not materially change the dynamics of the election, campaign officials said.

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Instead, they said they plan to remain focused on their key campaign messages, namely threats to democracy and access to abortion.

“Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president,” Tyler said.

Biden, who is currently in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with his family, has no public schedule for the rest of the day.

The Biden White House declined to say much after the verdict.

“We respect the rule of law and have no additional comment,” said Ian Sams, spokesman for the White House counsel’s office.

Polls show that a guilty verdict could pose some danger to Trump in an election that could be decided by just tens of thousands of votes in a handful of battleground states. But some strategists say the threat to Trump may be overstated.

“I’ve always suspected that voters who say, ‘I should reconsider if he’s convicted of a crime,’ are pretending to be rational and thoughtful, when in fact they will still vote for him,” said Jimmy Siegel . a democratic strategist.

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“So I don’t think it will have a big effect.”

(This story has been refiled with a deleted word added to paragraph 1)

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Leslie Adler and Deepa Babington)

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