A “Fraud” and “Scam Artist” – Actor Mark Ruffalo Gives Trump a Verbal Lashing Following NY Court Ruling

In another case of celebrity squabbling, actor Mark Ruffalo hit out against Donald Trump after the latter was accused of committing fraud in a NY court ruling earlier this week. It is just one in a long line of Hollywood stars speaking out against the former president. Here’s what went down. 

Ruffalo Slams Trump

“He is a scam artist” is just one of the fiery lines in a recent online post by actor Mark Ruffalo that has caught public attention.

As a New York court case against former US president and business mogul Donald Trump has turned sour, Ruffalo took to X (formerly known as Twitter), to share his opinion. 

For decades Ruffalo has been a mainstay in Hollywood, appearing in the superhero franchise Avengers as Bruce Banner aka The Incredible Hulk, and movies such as 13 Going on 30 and Now You See Me. He is also known for his outspoken political and activist views.

Mark Makes His Mark

Ruffalo pulled no punches in sharing his opinion with his 8.2 million followers on X. “Another reminder that this man, in totality, is a fraud. He is a scam artist,” he wrote harshly in a post on Wednesday

The post continued, with the actor listing numerous people who have been affected by Trump’s past behavior, from members of the public to his employees and associates.  “He steals from the public, his workers … and now his followers in donations that he pockets.” And that wasn’t all…

Ruffalo completed his raging post with a final message. “If you have any sense at all you will beware Donald Trump,” he concluded. “You mean only to him, what he can take you for.” This was then followed by a link to a HuffPost article on the court ruling

Stirring up Controversy

Responses to Ruffalo’s post were understandably mixed. X user DJ Doggie Doo subtweeted the actor, saying “He did fine for four years as president. You have nothing.” While others jumped to defend him, such as @JarretHolmes who said “Unlike Trump, he actually earns his money and pays his taxes.”

While spending most of his career in the film industry as an actor and producer, Ruffalo has long been a vocal advocate for climate change awareness and other social issues. He is an avowed Democrat, and Donald Trump’s case was just one of many issues he has been outspoken about.

Heavy Accusations 

Last Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Donald Trump had committed fraud over years of building the Trump real estate empire.

This ruling was made by New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, after overseeing a civil lawsuit brought against Trump by Attorney General Letitia James. It is just the latest in a series of polarising news about the former president.

Trump and his company have been accused of repeated acts of deception when dealing with banks, insurers, and others involved with his business deals. This included inflating his net worth and overvaluing assets. 

This ruling came about after Trump’s legal team bid to have the lawsuit thrown out, and Judge Engoron publicly dismissed their bid. “The documents here clearly contain fraudulent valuations that defendants used in business,” he stated in his official rejection. Of course, this statement stunned the public and led to predictable controversy. 

Trump vs. Hollywood

Of course, Ruffalo was far from the first Hollywood star to speak out against the 45th President of the United States. Last year A-lister George Clooney made a statement of his own after Trump referred to Clooney and other celebs as “Hollywood elites.” 

The twice-named “Sexiest Man Alive” shared a response to Trump’s comments that was possibly even more heated than Ruffalo’s. “This idea that I’m somehow the ‘Hollywood elite’ and this guy who takes a s**t in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable,” Clooney retorted.

Donald Responds

While the former president has not responded directly to Ruffalo’s post, he did address the court ruling on his own social media platform, Truth Social.

He called Judge Engoron’s decision “Un-American”, writing that “My Civil rights have been violated, and some Appellate Court, whether federal or state, must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.”

Trump’s Team to Appeal the Decision

Trump’s lawyer, Christopher Kise, also made a public statement, calling the ruling “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law,” and affirming that Trump’s legal team will be appealing the decision. 

The NY fraud case against Donald Trump is far from over, and with the 2024 re-elections coming in hot, the coming year is going to be a busy one for the former president and his representatives. Is this case the end of his troubles, or just the beginning?

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