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Press, protesters, supporters await Trump arraignment

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Members of the press have been gathering outside the courts in Lower Manhattan since the end of last week after it was announced that Donald Trump had been indicted. On Monday, they were also outside Trump Tower in Midtown, as former President Donald Trump arrived in town for his arraignment.

There have also been some Trump supporters and protesters, although they were heavily outunmbered by the press.

Former City Council candidate Marni Halasa skewered Trump outside Trump Tower. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
Sticking to The Big Lie that has been ginned up by their leader. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

The former president will be arraigned early Tuesday afternoon on a reported more than two dozen charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Although the charges so far have been kept sealed, the main one that’s cited is the alleged cover-up of a hush-money payment by Trump to former porn star Stormy Daniels.

Mayor Eric Adams on Monday warned pro-Trump protesters to “behave.” He specifically called out Congressmember Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who on Tuesday plans to lead a protest at Collect Pond, near the courts. Noting that Greene is “known to spread disinformation and hate speech,” Adams urged her, “Be on your best behavior.”

(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
A TV reporter doing his “stand-up.” (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

Despite Adams’s plea for peaceful protest, one West Village mother, a member of a local Democratic political club, isn’t taking any chances. She said, out of safety, she’s keeping her middle school-age daughter at home on Tuesday.

The mom, who requested anonymity, is concerned things might get wild when Trump returns from the court on his way back to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, which is right when her child usually gets out of school and is on her way home, too.

“That would be so on brand with Trump, to create some kind of chaos,” the woman said. “I mean, they’re crazy — and the head crazy, that M. F. [sic] Greene, is coming.”

On Sun., April 2, satellite television trucks lined Lafayette Street across from the Criminal Courts building, where Donald Trump will be arraigned. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
There were virtual television studios outside State Supreme Court on Centre Street on Friday as the media waited for the expected arraignment of Donald Trump the following week. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
Marni Halasa was the only protester outside State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday morning March 31. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
The entrance to the courtroom where Trump will be arraigned by Justice Juan Merchan of New York State Supreme Court. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

Meanwhile, former City Council District 3 candidate Marni Halasa has been getting in on the action — first with a costumed riff on the “pussy grabs back” theme on Centre Street, followed by a hellish devil outfit outside Trump Tower. With both getups, she sported an overflowing stack of “hush money” bills. She was outside the courthouse first thing Friday at 9:30 a.m. following the announcement of Trump’s indictment the evening before. As usual, she was a magnet for the cameras.

“Out of 9 million people in New York City, I was the only protester there to celebrate Trump’s indictment,” Halasa said, incredulously. “I really couldn’t believe it. But I’m here to represent all those New Yorkers who couldn’t make it and still want to send the message to Trump that New York and the rest of the world do not welcome his political second act. His erratic, unpredictable presidency was a dangerous time and it’s important to do whatever we can to stop him. Even if it is something as seemingly frivolous as hush money. Let’s use every tool in the toolbox.”


  1. Mary Reinholz Mary Reinholz April 6, 2023

    Trump’s bad acts have led to inevitable criminal court cases that could follow him to the end of his days. Soon he’ll face another New York reckoning concerning allegations of his raping and then defaming a Manhattan writer. He’s like a dead man walking but his tawdry conduct will likely long remain a stain on the U.S., the legacy of an ugly American president.

  2. Bill Weinberg Bill Weinberg April 4, 2023

    Nope. The charge is not “paying a high-dollar hooker.” Factually incorrect. A fascist and serial criminal offender who has had impunity for literally generations finally getting some comeuppance is assuredly good for the country. And Trump has only “demonized” himself. Are the media supposed to NOT report his fascistic, anti-social actions and agenda? Anyway, stronger charges are almost certainly coming, no worries.

  3. Stephen DiLauro Stephen DiLauro April 4, 2023

    Stronger charges than paying a high-dollar hooker are required. Otherwise, this looks like Dems payback for the blue, semen-stained dress. The war-mongering media might be revving up their talking heads to maximize the demonization of Trump and drive ratings. But this is not good for the country.

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