Down at the Trump Arraignment


This is what I came here for, kids. This is what you’ve been waiting for. Finally, here it is.

I’m currently blogging this from a White Castle on the corner of 8th and 37th. I’ve been asked a lot of questions on social media, and too many of the same questions for me to go through and answer. No, I did not see Marjorie Taylor Greene. I think she was run off right before I got there. I read she was only present for about five minutes which says she wanted the headline but didn’t want to put in the work or time. But I hope this blog answers your questions.

Yesterday, I set out to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, visit each of the five boroughs. I did it, going from Manhattan to Staten Island, back to Manhattan then to Brooklyn, and finally to Queens. Coming back to Manhattan from Queens, I got off the train at the closest stop to Trump Tower. This was a few hours after he had arrived, but I got pics.

The media was there.

So were the cops.

Trump even showed up and we hit it off.

After drawing today’s cartoon, I headed to the courthouse to check out the crowds that were there for Trump’s arraignment. The pro-Trump and anti-Trump groups were separated by cops and fences, but you could easily go from one side to the other, and that’s what I did. First, I joined the anti-Trumpers. They were nice.

The New York Times said that protesters were screaming at each other which I guess was across the barrier, but I didn’t see a lot of that. It wasn’t a volatile situation. It definitely wasn’t anything like January 6, not even close. I didn’t see any Proud Boys.
And when I saw anti-Trumpers mingling in the MAGA crowd, nobody got crazy.

And then I ventured over to the Trumper side.

The guy on the right handing out literature is the only person I had a conversation with on the MAGA side because he kept insisting I take his “literature” after I said I didn’t want it. I finally had to say I don’t support maniacs so please kindly fuck off. But most people over there were very nice. There were a few anti-Trumpers mingling in but they were tolerated.

Everyone was happy to pose for me on the Trump side.

I think there were more New Yorkers on the anti-Trump side, and most of the Trumpers were from out of town.

This anti-Trumper was in the MAGA crowd and it seemed most of the Trumpers were avoiding him.
There was not thousands of protesters, maybe a few hundred.

I took this guy’s picture so you can understand the type of lunatics on the MAGA side.

I did NOT have a conversation with this guy. Yes, MAGAts support violence against their enemies.
Abe was there.

I don’t know what message that guy was trying to send.

I did not see Marjorie Taylor Greene but I did see…

…the Naked Cowboy. I wonder if he saw the cartoon I drew of him a year or so ago.

Yes, you can hold your iPhone over the Naked Cowboy’s guitar and see an ad. It’s not political.

I got a notification during all this picture taking that Trump was on his way to the courthouse. Right after I took the Naked Cowboy’s photo, I got another saying he had turned himself in. I think he snuck in through a tunnel. About ten seconds after that notification, I heard cheering from the anti-Trump side.

And then I left to meet my editor at CNN.

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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Thank you, Clay!! — He was there!! … “I did it, going from Manhattan to Staten Island, back to Manhattan then to Brooklyn, and finally to Queens. Coming back to Manhattan from Queens, I got off the train at the closest stop to Trump Tower. This was a few hours after he had arrived, but I got pics.”

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