Former President Donald Trump was arraigned on Tuesday April 4th in New York City. The charges relate to alleged hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. The first being a former adult film actor and the latter a former Playboy playmate. The court appearance was closed to video cameras. But, Trump surrendered to authorities and plead not guilty to the historic criminal charges.
Not only as a former President, but also as a long-time resident and investor in New York, Trump’s influence in the political sphere is still widely felt. On the day of his arraignment, throngs of press, protestors, and elected officials gathered near the courthouse. Both those in support and in opposition to Trump’s prosecution were present. Some of the most notable attendees in Manhattan were Congressman Jamaal Brown (D-NYCD16) and his Republican colleague, U.S. Representative from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene. At the rally, Bowman was direct and passionate when voicing his concerns over Trump and his MAGA supporters.
“America has not become what it’s capable of becoming because of people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, because of people like Donald Trump. That’s why we’re here to stand up. […] America has to push back against hate and white supremacy. Period. That needs to come from every single person in our country. Trump needs to be held accountable, first and foremost. Then we all gotta push back.”
In the midst of the impassioned crowd, Bowman continued his outrage towards Greene as she arrived in the city. Bowman, whose district represents parts of the Bronx, took direct issue with Greene’s presence itself.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene needs to take her ass back to Washington. […] You don’t need to be in New York City talking that nonsense. Go back to your district. What are you doing here? You’re here for politics. You’re here because you want to be VP.”
Regardless of Greene’s presence in Manhattan today, Trump now stands as the only President in history to be charged with a crime. He was indicted by a grand jury on 34 felony counts of fraud related to his business records. The indictment alleges that “[Trump] falsified New York business records to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 Presidential election.” As this case progresses past the arraignment, we expect much more publicity from Trump’s ally, Greene. And then the subsequent push back from foe and Yonkers resident, Jamaal Bowman.