Former President and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee Donald Trump expects that he’ll be arrested this week in connection with an investigation into his alleged “hush money” payments to Stormy Daniels, and the nation is preparing for the unprecedented moment in a myriad of ways.
In Manhattan, where Trump will be arrested and processed, the NYPD and the Secret Service are coordinating a massive security push, hoping to avoid chaos when the former Commander in Chief is brought in.
Happening NOW—NYPD is setting up barricades outside Manhattan Criminal Court ahead of Trump arrest. pic.twitter.com/Lbk7yVmM89
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 20, 2023
Down at Mar-a-Lago, however, a very different sort of barrier was being pondered.
On a popular Trump-centric forum, users were suggesting that Trump’s arrest could be prevented.
“Surround Mar-a-Lago or wherever he currently is and prevent ‘law enforcement’ from entering,” one person wrote, per The Daily Beast.
This prompted another to reply, “What if they use choppers to circumvent the Patriot moat?”
This wasn’t all…
Still other supporters brought up the possibility of a civil war. “Well, looks like we may have WWIII and our 2nd Civil War at the same time,” one poster wrote, just one of many references to a potential civil war on the forum in the last two days.
“This should be treated as a declaration of war,” another posted.
Yet another Trump supporter wrote: “Looks like they are accelerating the civil war to this week. Hold the f*****’ line guys. Don[‘]t be afraid to use your constitutional rights. Remember 2a is there incase 1a fails,” a reference to using weapons protected by the second amendment.
Trump has indicated that he will surrender to authorities with dignity, and that there will be “no stand-off at Mar-a-Lago”.
Trump has called for protests, however, leading many to wonder if clashes between rival political agitators could be in the offing this week.