Donald Trump Arrives in New York City For Arraignment with City on High Alert

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan on April 3, 2023 in New York City. Trump is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at a Manhattan courthouse following his indictment by a grand jury.
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Former President Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges last week, after being indicted in New York on charges for paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump flew from his Mar-A-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida to LaGuardia Airport this afternoon. He exited his vehicle, waving to photographers, before hurriedly entering Trump Tower.

Trump is set to be arraigned in court tomorrow on criminal charges, and the internet is having strong reactions to the news. While Trump still has online support from some conservative media personalities, GOP politicians and right-leaning voters, his critics have #TrumpMugShot trending on Twitter.

Some are drawing comparisons between Trump’s arraignment and OJ Simpson’s arraignment. Both were high profile cases that received mass media attention, and involved previously wealthy and successful perpetrators.

Others are using PhotoShop to predict how the mugshot could look.


In 2019, New York state amended their public record laws to exclude mug shots, meaning that Trump will certainly have one taken, but it may not be released to the public.

However, some feel that Trump may purposely order for the release of his mugshot to continue to drum up media attention. Allegedly, Trump was given the opportunity to be arraigned via zoom, but opted to fly to New York and be arraigned in person. J. Hogan Gidley, the former National Press Secretary for the Trump campaign, reportedly told Time that “we’ll have a mug shot. For the record, it will be the most manly, most masculine, most handsome mug shot of all time. I can say that definitely, before having even seen it.”


Mary L. Trump (@maryltrump), Donald Trump’s niece, has long been an open critic of his presidency and the Trump family at large. She took to Twitter today to criticize the mass media attention placed on the arraignment, believing that despite the transparent look at the former president, the coverage may do more harm than good.

Despite the evidence provided to support the criminal charges that Trump faces, several GOP members of congress continue to support him. Notably, Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) took to Twitter to claim that Trump was innocent.

Greene’s statements were met with criticism from several celebrities, notably comedian and actor Michael Rapaport. Rapaport has been an outspoken critic of the Republican party since Trump took office in 2016.

At this time, New Yorkers continue to wait on the edge of their seats for an arraignment that will change American history forever. A mug shot is yet to be released to the public, and this story remains ongoing.

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