President Trump has directed his online criticism toward Dawn Engoron, the spouse of Judge Arthur Engoron overseeing his ongoing civil fraud trial in New York. In a series of recent posts on the Truth Social platform, Trump alleged that an account on X (formerly Twitter) under the username “Dawn Marie” belonged to Judge Engoron’s wife.
These posts, initially discovered by conservative activist Laura Loomer, featured content critical of Trump, suggesting he was “headed to the big house” and making remarks about his ongoing trial. Some of the posts included AI illustrations depicting Trump in an orange jumpsuit and even as the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz.”
In response, Trump claimed, “Judge Engoron’s Trump Hating wife, together with his very disturbed and angry law clerk, have taken over control of the New York State Witch Hunt Trial aimed at me, my family, and the Republican Party.”
However, Dawn Engoron promptly denied any association with the @dm_sminxs Twitter account, stating, “The Twitter account with the handle @dm_sminxs does not belong to me. I do not have a Twitter account. I have never posted any anti-Trump messages.” Throughout Trump’s fraud trial, both Judge Engoron and his principal law clerk have faced repeated criticism from the former president.
Judge Engoron had already ruled Trump, the Trump Organization, and several executives, including Trump’s adult sons, liable for fraud even before the trial began. The ruling was in favor of New York Attorney General Letitia James, who had argued that the Trumps had manipulated the values of their business assets to gain tax benefits and improved insurance coverage.
Given these circumstances, Judge Engoron has found himself at the center of Trump’s ire, both within the courtroom and on social media. During his testimony, Trump had repeatedly referred to Judge Engoron as “Trump hating” and questioned his impartiality, leading to heated exchanges during the trial.