Former President Donald Trump was due to travel to New York City on April 3 to face arraignment on charges stemming from alleged hush money payments made during his 2016 campaign. The indictment handed down by a Manhattan grand jury marks a first ever for a sitting US president. Events are expected to take place near Trump Tower in Manhattan and authorities have tightened security around the area.
Supporters have already begun to rally around the former President, including a fireman and a retired colleague who traveled to a West Palm Beach shopping center to display a thirty by six foot banner which stated “Thanks for having our backs, President Trump”. The former President is expected to leave for Florida shortly after his appearance, in order to take part in a rally that day.
While Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the case, Democratic President Joe Biden and leading politicians have largely had little to say about the charges. Trump’s supporters have made claims that instead of focusing on the charges against Trump, investigators should be looking into Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
Trump Tower has been a fixture in New York City’s skyline since 1983. Since its ownership by Trump, the building has taken on further global recognition, featuring prominently in Trump’s presidential rallies and even becoming subject of a video game. It’s now become a major scene in the ongoing saga surrounding the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Manhattan Criminal Court is the focal point of activities surrounding former President Trump’s arraignment. It’s a four-floor landmark building located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, close to several popular tourist attractions and home to many of the city’s highest-level criminal proceedings. As authorities prepare for the arrival of Trump and the expected hoards of supporters, they are planning to close and secure the courthouse floor where the former President will appear.
For this historic occasion, both supporters and protesters will no doubt flood the streets of Manhattan. Security forces may have already begun to tighten security in light of this event. The arraignment will have a lasting legacy and be remembered for years to come. It’s a situation that has never happened before in US history.