The Trump Arraignment Tries to Exorcise a Demon, Instead It Has Unleashed the Whirlwind

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Practically every legacy media news outlet is covering Tuesday’s Donald J. Trump arraignment on federal classified documents charges. Some of these outlets covered the proceedings with gravity, others with a veneer of glee.


Former President Donald Trump surrendered to authorities at the federal courthouse in Miami just before 2 p.m. ET. He is scheduled to be arraigned soon and has said he will plead not guilty.

Trump was indicted last week on 37 counts related to more than 100 classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago last August. The charges include willful retention of national defense information and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

POLITICO fell short of breaking out pom-poms:

In the hours leading up to Trump’s arrival, a familiar tension was in the air, as security forces and police ramped up patrols around the courthouse and warned against street clashes and other potential dangers. The atmosphere was reminiscent of Trump’s other criminal arraignment, just 10 weeks ago in a separate case brought by New York prosecutors who say he falsified business records in connection to hush money payments.

This time around, Trump is a federal, not a state, defendant, and legal experts say the documents case carries far more legal risk to him than the New York charges.

Trump was arraigned at 2:36 p.m. EDT at the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. federal courthouse. The federal judge would not allow cameras within the courthouse, so journalists had to content themselves with action outside the courtroom and the courthouse, such as Trump’s motorcade entering, then exiting the area.


Julio Rosas, senior correspondent for our sister site Townhall was live on the ground, and covered much of what was happening there, particularly among supporters of the former President. Here is how many of them felt about the legacy media’s involvement.

According to Rosas, at least half of the Trump supporters were Latin Americans, primarily of Cuban descent.

The substantial crowd broke out into chants of “Let’s Go Brandon,” and “Cubans for Trump.”


According to a CBS News poll taken on Tuesday, GOP voters still see Trump as the best hope to defeat President Joe Biden in 2024.

Former President Donald Trump is Republicans’ top choice for a presidential nominee, not only because they like what he did as president, but also because they think he can win. Despite questions about his electability, they still see him as their best shot to defeat President Joe Biden. And views of electability depend on what voters prefer in a nominee: appealing to Americans in the middle or turning out the base.

Despite Trump’s multiple indictments, six in 10 Republican primary voters say he would “definitely” beat Mr. Biden in a 2024 general-election rematch. And comparing data collected before and after federal charges were unsealed, the new indictment has not put a dent into this number — at least not yet.

Many believe that we are seeing a two-tiered system of justice at work.

This is not just Trump or Republican supporters. Prominent Republican leaders, like Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin, have also chosen to weigh in on the indictments against the former President.


These charges are unprecedented and it’s a sad day for our country, especially in light of what clearly appears to be a two-tiered justice system where some are selectively prosecuted, and others are not. Parents in Virginia know firsthand what it’s like to be targeted by politically motivated actions. Regardless of your party, this undermines faith in our judicial system at exactly the time when we should be working to restore that trust.

If the crowd of supporters is a sliver of indication, after this arraignment, Trump’s poll numbers are likely to increase even more. Despite the Left’s adversarial tactics intended to destroy Trump and neuter his chances of being electable in 2024, it has so far only served to make Trump more popular and his supporters more committed to voting him into a second presidential term. These left-wing actors have not only motivated an already popular Trump and given him campaign talking points that not only have validity, but strong legs, they have also unleashed an electorate (Republican, Democrat, and otherwise) who does not trust the media, does not trust the justice system, and who have the grassroots momentum and resources to make some changes.


And as this progresses, expect to see an increase of these types of shows of support and rallying behind Trump, much like we saw in 2020 before the compromised election. If Trump’s supporters, and even those who are lukewarm about any candidate, can make Donald J. Trump the Republican nominee, they will see to it that it is done—if for no other reason than to spite the corrupt politicians and bureaucracies that are currently ruining their lives like they are trying to ruin Trump.

The Left has sown to the wind, and could well unleash a whirlwind that they neither wanted nor expected.

Be careful what you wish for.


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