Greene and Santos appear in Manhattan ahead of Trump arraignment

Marjorie Taylor Greene during a rally in support of Donald Trump in New York, on April 4. Photo: Javier Alvarez/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and George Santos (R-N.Y.) appeared in Manhattan Tuesday in support of former President Donald Trump ahead of his expected arraignment.

Driving the news: The Georgia firebrand and close Trump ally told a crowd she had come to "protest this unprecedented abuse of our justice system and election interference," per NBC New York.

Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters gathered Tuesday nearby the Manhattan courthouse days after the former president's historic indictment, per NBC News.

  • Santos also made a brief appearance. The embattled Long Island Republican expressed support for Trump and criticized Democrat Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who convened a grand jury to investigate the president.
  • “It’s a bad day for democracy,” Santos said. “This starts a precedent that, what's to stop the next prosecutor?"
  • Video from the scene showed security and police struggling to escort Greene through the chaotic crowd. Other video showed Santos surrounded by media.
  • Even once Greene had entered a vehicle, some protesters continued to bang on the windows until the car pulled away, the New York Times reported.

Of note: Most Americans approve of the indictment ofTrump — but a plurality also believes that politics played at least some role, recent polls show.

The big picture: While Trump's indictment has enticed some prominent Republicans to jump into the anti-Trump lane, the GOP has largely united around him.

Go deeper:

  • What's next legally for Trump after indictment
  • Trump's surreal surrender
  • Trump's bigger legal danger

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