When your defense is overruled in court, most people would consider that a loss. Some Trump supporters on Fox News, however, wanted viewers to believe it was actually a good thing.
Sadly, that spin was too much even for some Fox correspondents to stomach.
@RepsForBiden Why a defeat, shouldn’t he want to release them to show the country he’s an honest, charitable citizen? 🤣— Emily miller (@Emily miller)1594310994.0
"It sounds like in a strange way that might lead to victory for the President because if it goes back to the lower courts it would seem that any further action would be postponed until after the election."
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Fox's Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, put that idea right to bed, however.
He told Scott:
"It means that the President of the United States—President Trump and all of his successors and any of his predecessors for that matter—is not immune from criminal prosecution and is not immune from complying with the ordinary process."
"This is a defeat for the President."
Though the judge conceded "ultimately this might not affect the election" since the public might not get the chance to view Trump's tax returns within the coming months, Napolitano did note:
"It certainly will affect the President's peace of mind."
America, Our Personal Liberties are Being Squeezed in a Vise https://t.co/mg6zUIa63Y— Judge Napolitano (@Judge Napolitano)1594298455.0
With this Supreme Court ruling, investigators will be able to continue digging into Trump's finances long after he leaves the Presidency.
@thedailybeast Yeah, sure, the guy is having a(nother) meltdown on twitter because... he won.— Alonzo Alone (@Alonzo Alone)1594310075.0
Chris Stirewalt agreed, saying:
"The truth here is this is a big defeat for Trump..."
"What the Supreme Court said in sending this back is unambiguous, which is that Trump is going to see these things released to prosecutors and it's not going to take that long because they're ready to go."
@thedailybeast The question Republicans will not answer is why Trump has battled so long to hide his taxes. The aud… https://t.co/Psar45xFZ2— Joe Covelli (@Joe Covelli)1594310948.0
Twitter seemed fairly convinced that the President had lost this battle.
@Hope012015 @crooksandliars Why yes! Yes he did. Soundly.— RA_Davidson #BlackLivesMatter (@RA_Davidson #BlackLivesMatter)1594322606.0
Tired of winning, @realDonaldTrump? https://t.co/SPwn23Vm9Q— Crooks and Liars (@Crooks and Liars)1594311603.0
You guys, trump is going to be very mad at the Supreme Court.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1594305000.0
But who knows. Perhaps time will show us that President Trump's team losing in court once again is actually a brilliant long-term strategy by the White House.
Most legal experts doubt it.