New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams released a statement ahead of former president Donald Trump’s arrival in New York City for his arraignment.
Trump departed his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago on Monday following a Manhattan grand jury’s Thursday decision to indict the former president.
“With the City bracing for possible protests following the indictment of former President Donald Trump by a Manhattan grand jury and his arrival in NYC today ahead of tomorrow’s arraignment, I want to assure all of you that your safety and security remain my and this Council’s top priority,” Speaker Adams said in an email obtained by The Post Millennial.
BREAKING: New York City Council "bracing for possible protests" amid Trump prosecution, despite "no indication" of threatshttps://t.co/1sig9rvraA
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 4, 2023
“My office has been closely monitoring developments including the steps that the NYPD is taking to ensure security around the City. There has been no indication of a need for us to change our activities at this time, but we will provide additional updates as necessary.”
Speaker Adams’ statement echoes yesterday’s comments from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who told Trump supporters to “control yourselves.”
“There may be some rabble rousers thinking about coming to our city tomorrow,” Mayor Adams said during a Monday press conference. “Our message is clear and simple: control yourselves.”
He added: “New York City is our home, not a playground for your misplaced anger. We are the safest largest city in America because we respect the rule of law in New York City.”
“As always, we will not allow violence or vandalism of any kind, and if anyone is caught participating in any act of violence they will be arrested and held accountable no matter who you are.”
During the press conference, the Mayor also noted Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene had announced she would be in New York City on Tuesday following Trump’s indictment vote.
“I’m going to New York on Tuesday,” Greene wrote in a Friday post. “We MUST protest the unconstitutional WITCH HUNT!”
I’m going to New York on Tuesday.
We MUST protest the unconstitutional WITCH HUNT!
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 31, 2023
Greene continued in a separate post by telling New York Trump supporters to “put your MAGA hats on.”
“Under our constitutional rights, we WILL support president Trump and protest the tyrants.”
Trump’s indictment regards an alleged “hush money” settlement made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 campaign, which subsequently stems from an alleged sexual encounter between Daniels and Trump in 2006, according to the claim.
Michael Cohen, the prosecution’s star witness, reportedly paid Daniels $130,0000 during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges regarding the payment in 2018.
Trump is the first former president to face criminal charges after office.