Why Now? Episode 19: The People of New York vs. Donald J. Trump

The Former Guy put out a call for his supporters to protest his indictment: this is who showed up

There are views in this episode that, while sincerely held by those who expressed them, aren’t exactly true: please see the fact check at my newsletter. And listeners—there are interactions and language that aren’t exactly appropriate for all ages. Parents may wish to screen this episode first.

It was April 4, 2023, 10:32 a.m. The unthinkable was happening.

An American president was about to be arrested. On March 30, a grand jury convened by Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg voted to indict former president Donald J. Trump on what we learned today were 34 felony charges. On Saturday, March 20, on a stage in Waco, Texas, Trump called on his supporters to assemble in Lower Manhattan on the day of his arraignment to “protest” and “take our nation back.”

So, when the court set the date, I knew I had to report the story.

As it turned out, this demo wouldn’t be good for anyone’s brand but mine: the New York Daily News called it a “three-ring circus.” So I wanted to capture this moment—for the historical record, of course. So, these are the conversations I had.

I’ve also included some pictures of my interlocutors below. Along with a few show notes, in the interest of not platforming conspiracy theories and misinformation, I have included a fact check of things that were said. If you want to see the full grand jury indictment of The People of New York vs. Donald J. Trump, go here.

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