Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday after his indictment in New York City. It’s the first time in American history that a former president will face criminal charges.
After word of the indictment reached the public, some of the former president’s supporters made their way to his Mar-A-Lago residence.
“The whole thing is ridiculous. They’re fishing. They’re looking for a crime,” said Debbie Macchia, a Trump supporter outside Mar-A-Lago.
The attitude right down the street from Mar-A-Lago is being echoed by the president’s lawyers on national television.
“This is a case that would not have been brought against another individual in this country if his name wasn’t Donald Trump,” said Joe Tacopina, the lawyer for former President Trump.
The indictment is sealed, so the exact charges are not yet known, but they are related to payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election, and there could be other issues too.
“We don’t know what’s in the indictment. We could be looking at campaign finance charges. We could be looking at wire fraud, at banking fraud,” said CBS News Legal Analyst Jennifer Levinson.
Republicans rushed to the current GOP presidential candidate’s defense.
“This is going to destroy America. We’ll fight back at the ballot box,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
Democrats said to trust in the judicial system. “Let the process go forward. No one is above the law,” said Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
The president’s supporters say they will be heard peacefully near his Florida home, but not meekly. “Never surrender. We are here for you,” said a supporter outside Mar-A-Lago.
“The Dems could be partying now, but they’re going to be crying later,” Macchia said.
Former President Trump’s supporters staked out the precious real estate on the last bridge span before Palm Beach and Mar-A-Lago.
“They’ll be here all weekend,” said Macchia, who is here every weekend, but said this one is different. “We have different people coming at different times. I have people coming in from New Hampshire, some coming from Ocala.”
They expect to have more days and nights, like Thursday night, when drivers honked their horns in support and mysterious pizza deliveries were made to the crowd that may have even come from Mar-A-Lago.
“He’s very generous. He always sends things down to us,” said a Trump supporter.
“Witch hunt. That’s all it is. Is a witch hunt,” said David Coury.
Coury was the first to show up Friday morning in his corvette with the Trump flags flapping in the wind. Like the others, he has adopted this spot for one reason. “It’s as close as we can get to President Trump”
They want everyone to know that their support is unconditional. They also have advice for the former president. “Be strong. He is. Be strong.”