Large Crowd Gathers Outside Of Fulton County Jail Awaiting Trump’s Arrival
Demonstrators during a rally for former President Donald Trump near the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. Donald Trump said he will surrender to authorities in Atlanta today to be booked on state charges that he led a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, appearing in state jail just one day after the first Republican debate, which he did not attend.
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A large crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside of the Fulton County, Georgia, jail Thursday morning awaiting the former president’s arrival. 

Trump is expected to arrive at the jail on Thursday evening where he will get fingerprinted and possibly have his mug shot taken. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked for the arraignment of Trump and 18 other defendants to take place in September, according to CNN. The judge overseeing the case will also allow four local news stations to have cameras in the courtroom through September 8, according to court documents, making Trump’s fourth arraignment the most opportune for the media. 

The former president and current frontrunner in the Republican primary was charged by Willis last week with 13 counts, which included charges for racketeering. Loyal Trump supporters showed up to the jail hours before Trump’s expected arrival to voice their frustration with the prosecution of the sitting president’s chief political opponent. 

The show of support for Trump included a group calling themselves “Blacks for Trump” who were seen holding American flags and signs supporting the former president. When asked about Trump’s latest indictment, one man said “it’s a bunch of bulls***” and called Willis “a puppet for the white liberal.” 

“I’m here to support Trump because they been doing black men like this for decades,” he said. “I know Trump is innocent. I support Trump against the two-tier justice system. Fani Willis is full of s***.”

Other supporters arrived in a bus painted red, white, and blue with a picture of Trump on the side of it while many people set up tents alongside the road to await Trump’s arrival. 

Trump was charged in Fulton County along with 18 other co-defendants, including Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Mark Meadows, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell. Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Powell all turned themselves in on Wednesday and were photographed. Giuliani, who advised Trump as the president challenged the outcome of the 2020 election, made a statement on Wednesday morning before leaving for Georgia. 

“I’m feeling very, very good about it because I feel like I’m defending the rights of all Americans as I did so many times as a United States attorney,” Giuliani said. “People like to say I’m different; I’m the same Rudy Giuliani that took down the Mafia, that made New York City the safest city in America, reduced crime more than any mayor in the history of any city, anywhere. And I’m fighting for justice; I have been for the first moment I represented Donald Trump.”


Trump, who skipped the Republican debate Wednesday night to sit down for an interview with Tucker Carlson, told the former Fox News host that his pending legal cases are all nonsense. He pointed to his one-time opponent Hillary Clinton and Democrat Stacey Abrams, saying they too challenged the outcomes of the elections they lost.

“But now, you know, every time you see [Clinton] on television, she’s saying like, well, she’s challenging the election. … So that would mean that she should be indicted, but that would mean also that Stacey Abrams in Georgia should be indicted ’cause she still thinks she won the election for governor,” Trump said.

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