NEW YORK, N.Y.—Hundreds of passionate supporters and opponents of Donald Trump turned out Tuesday for his scheduled arrest and arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, creating a carnival-like scene.
A Manhattan grand jury last week indicted Trump on charges believed related to the payment of supposed hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels before his race for president in 2016. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, led the investigation leading to a controversial sealed indictment delivered late Thursday to the court.
Here is some of what I saw and tweeted about beginning just after 11 a.m. Tuesday outside the courthouse in Manhattan, before Trump turned himself in to authorities for his arraignment.
The first criminal charges brought against a former president attracted many supporters who seem to agree with Trump that if a politically weaponized justice system can do this to a former president, they can do it to any American.
Supporters also echoed Trump’s characterization of his indictment as a continuation of the “witch hunt” that plagued him both during and after his presidency.
Opponents and supporters traded chants and gibes with each other.
Trumo opponents on the scene seemed to delight in chracterizing the former president’s followers as Nazis.
One woman who turned out to oppose Trump was scantily dressed and delighted in writhing and twerking for cameras, which The Daily Signal can’t show as a family publication.
The crowd became more as Trump’s expected arrival at the courthouse neared.
Authorities wisely trid to keep Trump opponents separated from his supporters.
Here is a good example of how many Trump supporters seem to feel on this historic day.
Amid all this, it was good to see an impersonator dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s first Repubican president.
I was able to move over to the area where police confined Trump opponents.
Both sides blew off steam by yelling at each other.
Bragg’s record as a soft-on-crime prosecutor clearly annoyed Trump supporters who view this prosecution as politically motivated.
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