Congressman Byron Donalds from Naples in New York for the Trump trial

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Politics goes to nightclub: Byron Donalds talks to the Republican Club of Naples

“I could give you the speech (but) you all heard that from me,” Byron Donalds told the crowd in Naples. Instead, “We’re just going to have a little fun.”

Amy Bennett Williams, Fort Myers News-Press

An outraged Byron Donalds stood outside Donald Trump’s trial in New York on Tuesday and called the trial a farce.

“The Democratic Party has lost its ever-loving mind,” the Naples congressman said in a Fox News segment posted on X.

Donalds was there along with other prominent Republicans who offered widespread moral support to Trump as he stood trial on 34 charges of falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels after their alleged affair. Trump has pleaded not guilty.

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Donalds has been spending a lot of time with the former president lately, most recently in Palm Beach during the spring retreat for Republican National Committee donors. In addition to panel discussions with lawmakers and campaign officials, the event also featured other vice presidential candidates for Trump’s presumptive election: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Senator J.D. Vance, Ohio.

It was a homecoming for Donalds, who grew up in neighboring Brooklyn. Others joining him at the trial included Burgum, Vivek Ramaswamy and U.S. Rep. Cory Mills of New Smyrna Beach.

On Tuesday morning X, he posted: “This case is a tragedy for the American justice system. They still haven’t identified a crime and it’s been four weeks. This is election interference.”

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Before entering the courtroom, Trump called the Donalds one of “many great people to talk to.”

Donalds posted all day. “Justice is supposed to be BLIND. Justice should not mean political persecution. We as a nation are BETTER THAN THIS,”

He also spoke outside the courthouse, flanked by other red-tie allies. “Where is the crime? Is there no crime?” he said. “This is an abuse of the justice system. Take a look around New York. New York has a lot of problems – I’m from Brooklyn…the citizens of New York are less safe and the DA doesn’t prosecute real crimes.

Fort Myers Democrat, lecturer at Florida Gulf Coast University and interim director of the Calusa Nature Center, Cindy Banyai, was unimpressed. She ran against Donalds twice for the District 19 seat.

“Byron Donalds going around the country defending Trump and auditioning for the role of his vice president instead of serving the people of Southwest Florida is the real travesty here,” Banyai wrote in a text. “Trump and his operation committed real crimes and crimes of his own. lawyer already went to jail for them. No one should listen to Trump and his gang of criminals, including Byron Donalds, about what justice and law and order is.”