Trump Appears to Nod Off in Courtroom

As jury selection was underway in his hush money trial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2024 12:00 AM CDT
Trump Seemingly Falls Asleep in Court
Former President Donald Trump attends jury selection at Manhattan criminal court in New York, on Monday, April 15, 2024, for his trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, .   (Jeenah Moon/Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump was taking a lot of flak for apparently nodding off in the courtroom during day one of proceedings in his hush money trial. As the New York Times puts it, he seemed at times "exhausted," "his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest" before later "jolting back awake." (He was animated at other times, appearing irritated when the judge did not agree right away that he could miss court to attend his son Barron's graduation and laughing when one of his social media posts about Michael Cohen was read aloud.) Coverage was abundant:

  • Newsweek reports that Trump apparently "glared" at the Times reporter (Maggie Haberman), who was first to break the story.
  • Vanity Fair reports other journalists witnessed the same thing as Haberman.

  • The Independent reports President Biden's campaign retweeted posts about the apparent courtroom nap, including at least one meme about it.
  • The Hill rounds up reaction from other Democrats who most certainly did not let the moment pass by without comment.
  • The Independent also rounded up other social media reactions to the news, which got Trump nicknamed "Sleepy Don."
  • Sound familiar? That could be because Trump has often referred to Biden as "Sleepy Joe," Axios reports.
  • The Daily Beast got a sleep expert to analyze the apparent courtroom nap.
The official word from a Trump spokesperson? "This is 100% Fake News coming from 'journalists' who weren't even in the court room." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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