For much of the nation, there is but one news story today. Or this week, for that matter.
Former President and presumptive 2024 Republican nominee Donald Trump has been arrested in Manhattan on charges stemming from allegations surrounding purported hush money payments to aging adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Trump predicted the arrest himself, albeit a week early, in statements that began to prepare the nation for this unprecedented situation.
Then, as he rode to the Manhattan courthouse to be arraigned, the President had a defiant message for his followers.
The former president set off just before 1pm ET from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to head to Manhattan Criminal Court for his arraignment on what is believed to be almost three dozen charges.
During the brief, minutes-long journey, he couldn’t resist taking to his social media platform to document his travels.
“Heading to Lower Manhattan, the Courthouse. Seems so SURREAL — WOW, they are going to ARREST ME. Can’t believe this is happening in America. MAGA!” he posted.
The historic moment forced New York City to be on high alert.
The former president arrived at Manhattan Criminal Court at 1.24pm on Tuesday afternoon where he was met with both supporters and counterprotesters who have clashed outside throughout the historic day.
The courthouse was heavily fortified by law enforcement officers and metal barricades encircling the area as he raised his hand to wave to crowds gathered.
On entering the courthouse, he surrendered to New York authorities – becoming the first current or former US president to ever be criminally charged.
The unique moment in American history has become a flashpoint for our political narrative, and Trump’s insistence on continuing to campaign for 2024 could keep the temperature turned all the way up for the foreseeable future.