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Former President Donald Trump on Saturday called on his supporters to protest as he girds for an expected effort by the Manhattan district attorney to bring an unprecedented criminal charge over his handling of a hush money payment during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“Protest, take our nation back!” the former president and 2024 GOP presidential candidate declared on his social media platform Truth Social, after pointing to news reports about the possibility he could be arrested Tuesday or soon thereafter.

https://www.politico.com/news/2023/03/18/trump-protest-arrest-tuesday-00087738

Sounds like he's prepping... One thing is clear. He has not changed his MO one iota. Do people think he'll try and cause another riot if his arrest occurrs?

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41 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

Sounds like he's prepping... One thing is clear. He has not changed his MO one iota. Do people think he'll try and cause another riot if his arrest occurrs?

I'm looking forward to this. If he is arrested, then I suspect no more than a handful of obvious crazies with beards and MAGA caps will show up. That will do wonders to marginalise him. 

But he probably won't be arrested. 

The BBC has a great picture of him: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-65000325

He looks like just another crazy old man with dementia.

 

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4 minutes ago, exchemist said:

I'm looking forward to this. If he is arrested, then I suspect no more than a handful of obvious crazies with beards and MAGA caps will show up. That will do wonders to marginalise him. 

But he probably won't be arrested. 

The BBC has a great picture of him: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-65000325

He looks like just another crazy old man with dementia.

 

Yes, not a flattering picture. He's the original Combover Man.

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19 minutes ago, exchemist said:

I'm looking forward to this. If he is arrested, then I suspect no more than a handful of obvious crazies with beards and MAGA caps will show up.

Has he lost the support he had before then? I'm not up with US politics, but I had the impression that there's a big lump of America behind him, and the crazies with beards numbered a lot more than a handful. 

I'd be surprised if that was all that happens, but like I said, I'm not up with the current feeling in the country.

I would like to see him locked up, but I'm guessing that they would water it all down, behind the scenes. Depends on his chances of running again, I guess.

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30 minutes ago, mistermack said:

Has he lost the support he had before then? I'm not up with US politics, but I had the impression that there's a big lump of America behind him, and the crazies with beards numbered a lot more than a handful. 

I'd be surprised if that was all that happens, but like I said, I'm not up with the current feeling in the country.

I would like to see him locked up, but I'm guessing that they would water it all down, behind the scenes. Depends on his chances of running again, I guess.

Well I admit I'm not in the US but my impression is he has lost support, at least among people who are not crazy. After last time, I doubt huge numbers would turn out to try to overthrow the forces of law and order just because he gets his collar felt for knobbing this woman and trying to cover it up.  

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I admit there's a lot different this time. It's not in the heat of an election battle, and he would find it hard to sell it as a plot to steal the presidency. But having said that, crazies are not the most logical of people, so you can't rely on common sense to prevail. 

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44 minutes ago, mistermack said:

I admit there's a lot different this time. It's not in the heat of an election battle, and he would find it hard to sell it as a plot to steal the presidency. But having said that, crazies are not the most logical of people, so you can't rely on common sense to prevail. 

We can be sure whatever happens it will not make sense. :) 

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22 minutes ago, Alex_Krycek said:

Some outlets have reported the NYPD has been requested to alter the color of their orange prisoner jumpsuits so as not to match the former President's skin tone.

i think you are over egging this 😉

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On 3/18/2023 at 10:14 AM, StringJunky said:

Do people think he'll try and cause another riot if his arrest occurrs?

He already did when he made that post 

He announced Tuesday. If I were running the team performing the arrest, I’d just do it Monday. 

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On 3/18/2023 at 10:00 AM, mistermack said:

I admit there's a lot different this time. It's not in the heat of an election battle, and he would find it hard to sell it as a plot to steal the presidency. But having said that, crazies are not the most logical of people, so you can't rely on common sense to prevail. 

Another factor is that a good number of the people that participated in the Jan 6th riot did so under the impression that they were acting on orders from the seated President, and even used that in their defense.  This is not something they could claim now(with the exception of that small subset that believe that he is somehow "secretly" still the President)

An indication of what we could expect is what happened after the document search and seizure, There were calls then to protest and support Trump, and while some people heeded the call, it was a pretty small turnout in numbers. 

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This Politico article reminds me  that he's already let down many protestors last time, so there won't be so much enthusiasm this time, probably.

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Trump’s call for protests gets muted reaction by supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcement trap.

The ambivalence raises questions about whether Trump, though a leading Republican contender in the 2024 presidential race who retains a devoted following, still has the power to mobilize far-right supporters the way he did more than two years ago before the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It also suggests that the hundreds of arrests that followed the Capitol riot, not to mention the convictions and long prison sentences, may have dampened the desire for repeat mass unrest.

Still, law enforcement in New York is continuing to closely monitor online chatter warning of protests and violence if Trump is arrested, with threats varying in specificity and credibility, four officials told The Associated Press. Mainly posted online and in chat groups, the messages have included calls for armed protesters to block law enforcement officers and attempt to stop any potential arrest, the officials said.

https://apnews.com/article/trump-indictment-new-york-jan-6-protest-f19306253133d9dacd65667bd5b4650c

 

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1 hour ago, StringJunky said:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcement trap.

Sometimes the extreme paranoia ("law enforcement trap") of the Trumpists seems to work in a way that's beneficial to the country.  Ideally, they will all stay holed up in their basements, cowering from the impending Socialist Globalist Drag Queen Apocalypse - this will reduce their chances of reproducing, too.  You can't transmit your genes through Truth Social or Zoom orgies.  

Also worth noting that in the US, we don't really handle white collar criminals the same way as the rest - generally, they go down to the courthouse or precinct station with some lawyers, sign some papers, and then go home.  No cuffs, no orange jumpsuits, no perp-walks.  It's a pity, really.  

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14 minutes ago, iNow said:

Paradoxically, these charges will likely lead to a surge in support for Trump (much like we saw when the DOJ seized all of those classified documents from his office)

The GOP have a right internal pickle on their hands.

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20 hours ago, exchemist said:

Seems at the protest rally Trump called, the journalists outnumbered the protesters 5:1

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-arrested-today-indict-stormy-daniels-manhattan-b2304990.html

If his intent was that protests by his supporters would intimate the grand jury into not indicting him, it went over like a lead balloon.  He must be seething over the lack of response.  It kind of shoots a huge hole in his recent claims that the American people would not stand for his being criminally prosecuted when the response to his potential indictment is "Meh".

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1 minute ago, Janus said:

If his intent was that protests by his supporters would intimate the grand jury into not indicting him, it went over like a lead balloon.  He must be seething over the lack of response.  It kind of shoots a huge hole in his recent claims that the American people would not stand for his being criminally prosecuted when the response to his potential indictment is "Meh".

Quite funny that he's hoping to be put in handcuffs, thinking it will rile up the MAGA blackshirts and make him a martyr. I think he's delusional. 

More interesting will be whether this lack of reaction makes the craven Republican party realise he's not the vote-winner they assume.

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1 minute ago, exchemist said:

Quite funny that he's hoping to be put in handcuffs, thinking it will rile up the MAGA blackshirts and make him a martyr. I think he's delusional. 

Imagining a repeat performance of  his glory days back in Russia under  the golden shower?

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