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Donald Trump’s Insult Against Judge Backfires Spectacularly

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump, during his trial for hush money charges, mistakenly insulted Judge Aileen Cannon while targeting Judge Juan Merchan.

 Historical trial

Trump, expected to be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, faces historical trial as the first ex-U.S. president under criminal scrutiny.

Modifying records

The allegations involve modifying records linked to hush money paid to Stormy Daniels by his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 campaign. Trump denies the affair with Daniels and pleads not guilty, labeling the case politically motivated amid investigations by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.


In a statement to reporters outside the courtroom, Trump criticized the trial and singled out Merchan, seemingly making a derogatory reference to the judge’s Colombian background.

Hates Donald Trump

Trump told reporters, “The judge hates Donald Trump. Take a look at him. Take a look at where he comes from.”

Colombian roots

Some individuals on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) have pointed out that both Judge Merchan and Judge Cannon have Colombian roots and later relocated to the United States.

Judge Aileen Cannon

One user highlighted that Judge Aileen Cannon also hails from Colombia.

Eric Columbus

Congressional lawyer and former Obama administration official, Eric Columbus, condemned Trump’s remarks while emphasizing the Colombian heritage of both Merchan and Cannon.


Merchan, born in Bogotá, Colombia, moved to the U.S. at the age of six, growing up in Queens, New York.

Legal profession

He entered the legal profession in 1994, serving as a prosecutor before becoming a family court judge in 2006, appointed by then NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Felony criminal cases

Recognized as an acting state Supreme Court justice in 2009, Merchan presided over felony criminal cases.


Cannon was also born in Colombia and raised in Miami, Florida.

November 2020

Trump appointed Cannon to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and she assumed her position in November 2020.

Public scrutiny

Cannon has come under public scrutiny for rulings perceived as favorable to Trump.

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