Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records in a crowded Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday.
The charges stem from Trump’s alleged role in hush money payments to two women, including adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Trump arrived at the downtown Manhattan courtroom shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday after spending the night at Trump Tower.
Trump supporters have started gathering at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club as he’s expected to arrive later Tuesday following his historic arraignment in Manhattan.
David Lee, of Houston, was among the dozens who traveled across state lines to condemn the charges filed against Trump in the Stormy Daniels payoff case.
“We are here for the truth,” he said. “We had to cancel our business, spend money and didn’t sleep [to come here].
“If you saw a little good guy being bullied by this crowd of bad people, you’re gonna sign up for that little guy,” he said. “You know, [Trump] is like David against the giant Goliath.”
Lee led protesters carrying “Justice for All” and “Trump 2024” signs, and sang to the tune of “For He’s Jolly Good Fellow”: “Trump committed no crime, Trump committed no crime, Trump committed no crime, this nobody can deny.”
Although the group had cars honk in support of their cause, they also faced backlash, with one driver yelling, “Better cry, he’s going to jail!”
Trump is set to fly out of New York City following his arraignment to hold his own press conference to speak about the case presented against him by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
The conference, however, could fall apart or provide little insight if the court decides to issue a gag order during the proceedings.