With the chances of an indictment in the next days or even hours seemingly high, there is a great deal of concern over how Donald Trump’s staunchest backers might react to the news. And that reaction could very well determine whether the former president gets to keep cruising toward the 2024 GOP nomination.
If an indictment is handed down—possibly as early as this week—by the Manhattan grand jury looking into possible violations of law over a $130,000 payment by then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign, reaction among Trump's followers could run the gamut. Trump, himself, has encouraged supporters to “protest, take our nation back.”
Would there be large, peaceful, and orderly protests reminiscent of most of the demonstrations that took place in the summer of 2020 after George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer? Or would they look more like the other kind, like those demonstrations that summer that were less than peaceful, that resulted in rioting, arson, looting, and the destruction of property, or like the Jan. 6
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