United States: Donald Trump arrived in the Big Apple and appears before the judge

NY. EFE and El País

Former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) arrived at the skyscraper he owned in NY, Trump Tower, amid great anticipation, with only hours left before he appears in court today to have the charges read to him by the judge.

Trump arrived at New York’s LaGuardia Airport at 3:30 p.m., and after a few minutes of preparations, he was seen descending the plane’s stairs alone, dressed in his usual blue suit with a red tie.

As soon as he got off the plane, he got into a van that, escorted by a dozen secret service or police vehicles, headed for downtown Manhattan via the Queens neighborhood and then Harlem.

An ambulance was following the convoy throughout the journey.

Trump entered on foot from the side of the skyscraper that bears his name and raised his hand to the people who were waiting on the street, although they were mainly journalists.

According to Macarena Vidal, correspondent for the Spanish newspaper El País, on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. Trump will appear in court to have the charge sheet read to him and decide whether to plead guilty or not guilty. He will also be photographed and fingerprinted in the case surrounding alleged irregularities in paying porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about their alleged sexual relationship. The candidate will immediately return to Floridawhere he plans to make statements at 8:15 p.m. local time.

The former president “is preparing for a battle… he is a tough guy,” his lawyer pointed out Joe Tacopina in declarations to the program ‘This Week’ of the television network ABC. Trump’s adviser has also taken the opportunity to reiterate what has been one of the arguments of his legal team: that the case against his client is too weak. “If instead of donald trump We were talking about so-and-so, the case would never have been filed,” he said.

So far no one knows what the specific accusations are, since the case is under summary secrecy. Some leaks to the US press suggest that the charges concern around thirty suspicious activities, including one that could represent a serious crime.

The real estate mogul, who was caught off guard Thursday by the news that a grand jury had decided to indict him, appears to have decided that the indictment in the case brought by Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg may provide him with an electoral trump card. His campaign has disclosed that since the indictment was announced he has raised $7 million: four million in the first 24 hours, and another three million since then.

Trump, who has described his accusation as “political persecution” and “electoral interference”, boasted this Sunday of “never having had as much support and love as now”, something that the campaign tries to demonstrate by publishing messages of support, polls that show improvements in its popularity and these latest collection figures.

A recent poll puts Trump at a stratospheric distance in the race to secure the presidential nomination of the Republican Party in the primaries next year. The poll awards him the votes of 51% of supporters, while his closest follower, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – who has not even confirmed that he is going to run – receives 21%. A 30 point advantage.

media display

Meanwhile, on Fifth Avenue there were hundreds of media trying to take a photo of the Republican, all fighting to get some images of the barely thirty followers who attended a peaceful rally to show their support for the former president.

The Trump supporters, who maintained an attitude with the media and with the curious, were not able to see Trump enter —because he entered the building through a side door—, but every time a car honked at them, they yelled, “USA, USA, USA.”

Media. More than a hundred media outlets were installed in front of the Manhattan courthouse. Photo: EFE

And when they saw the helicopters that followed the arrival of the Republican fly over, the followers began to sing in chorus: “We love Trump.”

“After what Trump has done for us, the least I can do is put on a red cap (a symbol of Trump’s support) and say, ‘Welcome home, Mr. President,'” Alan told reporters, who went to Trump Tower with his dog, Anarchy.

This Trumpist from New York explained that, in his case, his cap is special because it was signed by Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of the most notorious Trumpists, who has called a demonstration in support of the former president tomorrow in the vicinity of the court .

According to Alan, this politician will be “the next vice-president”.

For his part, Edward Young’s cap — who had taken the day off to go to the skyscraper — bore the signature of Donald Trump Jr.

“I have two caps signed by Donald Trump. But those do not leave the house, they are under glass, ”he explained and He noted that he has attended 56 rallies of the Republican and current candidate for the Republican presidential primaries.

While the major US television networks were broadcasting Trump’s arrival in New York live, President Joe Biden was giving a speech in Minnesota at a Cummins plant, which manufactures fuel and electricity generation systems.

Biden has yet to officially announce whether he will run for re-election in 2024, although he has said he intends to, while Donald Trump is currently the Republican candidate with the highest popularity ratings.

Trump has not made any statements in the last hours, but he has written on his Truth Social network his usual invectives against the “radical left” that according to him is behind his impeachment, in addition to calls to donate money for his political campaign for the presidential elections of the 2024.

Few fans. Some supporters (less than expected) waited for Donald Trump. Photo: EFE

He also found time, during his plane ride from Miami, to post the message from the President of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, who wrote on Twitter: “Keep fighting, Mr. President! We are with you”.

Police expected more protests

Today, Tuesday, there will be a protest at Collect Pond Park, located right in front of the Manhattan courthouse, where Trump is expected to appear.

It was feared that Trump’s impeachment would cause his supporters to take to the streets en masse, but protests of support have so far been very few. The White House is closely monitoring the possibility of violence at the demonstrations.