Earlier today, ABC reported that Donald Trump has surrendered at a Manhattan court for arraignment on criminal charges that stem from an investigation into hush money allegedly paid by the former president to Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, people waiting outside the courthouse are rowdy. Pro-Trump protesters and counter-protesters are chanting on the street, and some of the scenes are disturbing, dystopian, and bound to go down in history books.
Above their heads, someone is flying a “Trump or Death” sign.
Pro-Trump protesters believe the former president is being unfairly “persecuted,” seemingly regardless of the varying degree and amount of charges brought against him.
Followers are also still pushing the idea that the 2020 election was rigged…
No seriously. Several people seemed very excited to show off the symbol.
Far right conservatives accused the democratic party of having fascist ideas.
And they used this time as an excuse to reapply pressure on false conspiracy theories suggesting the very, very real COVID-19 pandemic was somehow a global-scale lie.
Despite the former president facing an 34 counts against him, his base is using their time outside the courthouse to push for re-election.
And they came dressed for the occasion.
At some point, things started to get disorderly. Protesters were allegedly seen yelling at press.
One person was taken into custody by surrounding police.
And other officers attempted to keep security measures under control by putting up barricades.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was seen smiling amongst the madness.
People took callous shots at President Joe Biden’s family.
And one pro-Trump protester was purportedly caught yanking an anti-Trump banner from a counter-protesters hands.
Others seemingly had to hold them back.
We will keep you updated on what happens next.