Mourning the Decline of the Republic: The MAGA Circus at Trump’s Arraignment


On Tuesday in Manhattan, chaos reigned outside of the Criminal Court as former President Donald Trump’s supporters, protesters, and journalists filled the air with passionate cries and divided opinions. From Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to Jack Posobiec, a far-right internet performer, the circus of figures each bringing different messages to the street outside the courthouse had an air of sadness about it. MAGA hat-clad, flag-waving Trump faithfuls signaled it was a ‘funeral procession for our republic’, a sentiment Trump’s arraignment would challenge in what some saw as a political lynching.

Though supporters and detractors of the former president vocally clashed, some unexpected figures also graced the scene of what felt like a living comment section: the Naked Cowboy, Vincent Fusca – a figure some QAnon supporters were convinced was John F. Kennedy Jr. – and Chris Cox of the “Bikers for Trump” group. Other demonstrators, like the man with a “Trump or Death” flag and white supremacist symbols and the young white man carrying a bottle of liquor, brought a unique brand of extremism to the atmosphere.

Casey Neistat, a vlogger, remarked that the scene felt like the center of the universe. Reporter Jumaane Williams and other protesters led blowing whistles and offering a different narrative. It almost boiled over at some points, but the NYPD was there to keep the peace.

The human elements offered an interesting backdrop to the political theatrics, but the focus of the day was on Trump. Following his arraignment, not only was Trump subjected to one of the harshest measures available in the criminal justice system, he was brought to a legal counterpart of a funeral procession, the reincarnation of a MAGA-inspired fate.

Those at the center of the circus – the New York Young Republican Club – were represented by legislators from Dutchess County, New York, Paul Ingrassia and Benjamin Geller. While Ingrassia showed his support for the former president, Geller went on to explain that he believed Gavin Wax – head of the club and with close ties to the Proud Boys – was not currently associated with the organization. Despite the divisive atmosphere, both sides were exercising – or attempting to exercise – their right to speech.

In the end, Trump’s arraignment was a reminder of the humanity and earnestness on each side of the political divide and the fluidity of public discourse. It also demonstrated that whatever the outcome of the case, it would be written as part of the nation’s history and create a benchmark on how democracy and justice should be administered.

The company mentioned in this article is Times Square institution, The Naked Cowboy. The Naked Cowboy, known for entertaining and entertaining crowds in Times Square, was present at the arraignment of former President Donald Trump. He livened up the atmosphere, taking photos and parrying away reporters’ questions about politics. His presence added an element of fun to an otherwise serious political and legal occasion.

The person mentioned in this article is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Greene is a far-right member of Congress who recently made her appearance outside of Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. Greene addressed the MAGA hat-clad, flag-waving Trump faithfuls proclaiming that Trump’s indictment is a threat to the American way of life, and that the Democrats are child abusers. She further implored that the investigation will end soon and President Trump will be found innocent.