Former President Donald J. Trump is to appear in a Manhattan state courthouse for booking, fingerprints, and a hearing on 34 felony charges that the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a partisan Democrat, has brought against him and convinced a grand jury to issue a indictments.
But first, the warmup act arrived, giving a hint at the chaotic street scene to come later today: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia and a handful of security personnel pulled up in a white sport utility vehicle, as a few protestors booed and blew whistles loudly. There were also some cheers, but a significant number of detractors were heard in the crowd.
Although there were barricades set up to contain the public, police had a difficult time managing the media, which made up the main portion of the unruly crowd, and repeatedly shouted at them to back up. There did not appear to be enough police assigned to the congresswoman’s appearance, and a reporter explained that Mayor Eric Adams had advised the media in advance that the congresswoman would be appearing.
“We could not move, made it really dangerous just to follow the scrum,” said Brian Glenn reporting for the Right Side Broadcast Network.
“Donald J. Trump is innocent,” Rep. Taylor-Greene shouted through a bullhorn, as she was flanked by aides and police. “Alvin Bragg [district attorney] is tool for the Democrats to try to hijack the 2024 presidential election. This is a travesty and I’m here as private citizen and member of Congress to take a stand. Every single American should be concerned.”
Greene then listed the inventory of bad things that the Biden Administration has done to the country: “This administration has ripped our border wide open. This administration is now he verge of World War III. This administration is trying to sexualize our children.”
Later, reporter Glenn was able to talk to the congresswoman inside the safety of the vehicle she came in, where she had decided to do interviews with the press, rather than outside, where people who she described as Antifa were blowing whistles loudly.
Glenn interviewed citizens, including some from China who said this reminds them of the actions of the Chinese Communist Party, while others described today’s events as evidence America has become a banana republic.
Watch live coverage at RSBN. Trump’s arraignment is said to be set for after 2 pm Eastern Time, or 10 am Alaska Time.