Shark Tank Investor Kevin O’Leary: ‘Trump’s Hush Money Trial Is Based on Sheer Stupidity and Hurts the American Brand’

“Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary criticized Trump’s hush money trial in New York City, labeling the case as “sheer stupidity” and detrimental to the “American brand.”

O’Leary shared his perspective on the validity of the criminal proceedings during an episode of “Outnumbered” while jury selection is ongoing.

“I have a different take on this case. And I just want to preface my words saying before I comment, I’ve talked about these cases in New York now for months… Every time I bring this up, I get all this Trump stuff. Forget about Trump, okay? We don’t do this in America, but we don’t go after the office of the president with porn star cases,” he said.

“We give a broad swath of latitude. If you’re an ex-president and you murdered somebody, I get it, or been accused of murder… But what is this? This hurts the American brand. I keep saying that,” he continued.

“I was in Geneva last week. 150 countries represented there. Everybody is talking about this saying, ‘What is this porn star thing?’ This is an American president. This is the office of the United States of America’s highest office, and we’re doing this? This is sheer stupidity. And I’ll tell you what should happen,” he added.

“This should be pushed until after he wins or doesn’t win. This should not be part of this election cycle at all. And this is not a Trump-loving comment. This is about the American brand, where I bring capital from all around the world to invest here. We look like clowns. I hate this,” he concluded.

During a campaign visit to an Upper Manhattan bodega on Tuesday evening, former President Trump commented that the criminal trial is having a “reverse effect.” He pledged to “straighten out New York” by collaborating with the Democratic mayor and governor if he is elected to another term in the White House.

“It makes me campaign locally, and that’s okay,” Trump said. “We’re doing better now than we’ve ever done, so I think it’s having a reverse effect.”

“We’re going to come in – Number one, you have to stop crime and we’re going to let the police do their job. They have to be given back their authority. They have to be able to do their job,” Trump said. “And we’re going to come into New York. We’re making a big play for New York, other cities, too. But this city, I love this city.”

Trump said New York has “gotten so bad in the last three years, four years.”

“And we’re going to straighten New York out. So running for president, we’re putting a big hit in New York – we could win New York,” Trump added.

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