On Thursday, a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose campaign was given $1 million by a left-wing political action committee funded by George Soros, indicted Trump on bogus charges alleging he paid $130,000 in "hush money" to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election that he won, as well as another payment of $150,000 to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, in violation of campaign finance laws.
Never mind that the U.S. Southern District of New York and the Federal Election Commission both looked into the same allegations and did not find any actionable evidence a crime had been committed.
"Trump, who's running for president in 2024 and facing multiple criminal probes, is the first president in U.S. history — sitting or former — to face criminal charges. The indictment is sure to ripple through his latest presidential campaign," Axios reported, adding context to the charges.
The charges against Trump come more than four years after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the scheme. Cohen has been cooperating with authorities and serving as a witness against Trump, but there have been some who have called Cohen's testimony into question.
"This evening we contacted Mr. Trump's attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.'s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal," a spokesperson for Bragg told Axios. "Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected."
But few people other than brainwashed Democratic voters believe Trump is guilty of anything. And some of his political rivals, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, his most serious challenger for the 2024 presidential nomination, is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Trump, pledging non-cooperation with any extradition order, should one be issued.
“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American,” DeSantis tweeted following the indictment.
“The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent. Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” he added.
Extradition would only be required if the former president refused to leave his Mar-a-Lago home in the Sunshine State to attend an arraignment hearing in New York.
“They just indicted President Trump. Unfortunately for them, this will only make him…stronger. I didn’t think I could possibly support him more, but this political Witch Hunt only strengthens our resolve to fight. We’ve got your back, Mr. President,” 2022 Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake -- whose name has been mentioned as a potential Trump running mate -- tweeted.
They just indicted President Trump.
Unfortunately for them, this will only make him stronger. I didn’t think I could possibly support him more, but this political Witch Hunt only strengthens our resolve to fight.
We’ve got your back, Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/qoNGeF5aSP
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) March 30, 2023
During an interview Thursday evening with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he had spoken to Trump earlier following news of the indictment.
“Remember, Soros gave Alvin Bragg a million dollars. We’re used to seeing these things. Government printing money till it goes out of style in third world countries, and that’s being visited in the United States of America. I spoke with President Trump moments ago, and he’s resolute and concerned about what this does to America’s brand around the world,” Gaetz said.
“I think a motion to dismiss will happen next. If this were ever to be tried, you could not do it in Manhattan. You would see a change of venue in upstate New York. Maybe it’s the only place Donald Trump could get a fair trial. I expect this will be resolved well before that by any court that looks at the way that the law is being tortured in the absence of any charge that would be maintainable against any human being on the Planet Earth other than Donald Trump and against Trump it’s clearly political,” he concluded.