Trump influencers are trying to organize a rally to oppose his indictment, but the former president’s supporters are afraid of getting arrested.
Ben Collins of NBC News tweeted:
Part of the problem is that the potential pro-Trump NYC protest is at a heretofore non-public secret location, making it all seem sketchier to people who might want to go.
You have to sign up for an email list to find it and it's supposed to start in less than 4 hours.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 20, 2023
After Trump incited thousands of them to attack the Capitol and then went home and watched TV, many of his supporters don’t want to risk arrest by showing up to protest for him.
Trump has made it clear that he does not want his supporters to stage a calm and peaceful protest. He wants fear and carnage, and Trump is looking for a display of strength that will scare prosecutors and law enforcement.
The Trumps are growing increasingly frustrated that there are not mass protests in the streets already.
Donald Trump Jr. has been on a tirade on Twitter:
Pay attention to which Republicans spoke out against this corrupt BS immediately and who sat on their hands and waited to see which way the wind was blowing. https://t.co/WJMq2528Gs
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 19, 2023
The 1/6 arrests and prosecutions did have an impact. It seems that many Trump supporters got the message that they can’t run wild and do whatever they please.
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The other message that appears to have gotten through to them is that if they get arrested for Trump, he will not have their backs.
Donald Trump isn’t going to get his way. It looks less and less likely that there will be violence in the streets.
The weaponization of government conspiracy and calls to action aren’t working.
Trump’s supporters are sending him a clear message that he isn’t worth getting arrested for, and they would rather sit on their couch and watch Tucker Carlson than go to jail.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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