It isn’t clear if he was celebrating his re-election fortunes or if he was merely living the high life before jetting off for trial in Manhattan, but just hours after the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg obtained an unprecedented criminal indictment of the former president, Donald Trump was seen partying with the former First Lady Melania Trump at their mansion at Mar-a-Lago.
Dr. Gina Loudon, a friend of the Trump family, tweeted photos from the gathering.
“‘Beautiful evening here at the gorgeous Mar a Lago! Our REAL First Couple enveloped in the love of their friends and most loyal!'” she tweeted.
She then added: “(Sorry to disappoint, corporate media. Actually not. Screw you! This is a happiness you will never know, sadly).”
Beautiful evening here at the gorgeous Mar a Lago!
Our REAL First Couple enveloped in the love of their friends and most loyal!
(Sorry to disappoint, corporate media 😜. Actually not. Screw you! This is a happiness you will never know, sadly). pic.twitter.com/IFsFU41lAd
— Dr. Gina (@RealDrGina) March 31, 2023
The pictures from Mar-a-Lago stand in sharp contrast to those being painted by the corporate media, which claim that Donald Trump is taken aback by the indictment.
“At Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate, Mr. Trump’s mood has ranged in recent weeks from optimism and bravado to anxiety about his future,” the New York Times claimed while citing no sources. “On Thursday evening, after the grand jury indicted him, Mr. Trump was angry but mainly focused on the political implications of the charges, not the legal consequences, according to people familiar with his thinking.”
“He seemed eager to project confidence and calm and was seen having a very public dinner with his wife, Melania, and her parents at the club at Mar-a-Lago,” the Times added.
“He has been keeping a relatively normal schedule at Mar-a-Lago, which he calls ‘my beautiful home’ — dining with guests, playing golf and telling nearly anyone that he was in a good mood and that he believed the case against him by Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, had fallen apart,” the Times continued.
“At Mar-a-Lago on Thursday evening, former President Donald J. Trump was still absorbing the news of his indictment, according to several people close to him,” the Times went on. “Mr. Trump and his aides were caught off guard by the timing, believing that any action by the grand jury was still weeks away and might not occur at all.”
The report noted that on Thursday night, local police were “stationed outside the front gate to Mar-a-Lago.”
Supporters of Donald Trump gathered outside his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago residence to show their backing for the former president after he was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury https://t.co/FOvjwMIfw2 pic.twitter.com/ivNxeFkDW3
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 31, 2023
Then, at around 9 p.m., about 20 Trump supporters gathered just outside Mar-A-Lago in a show of support. Georgia McGeerey, a Loxahatchee resident, told the Times she had come to “fight for America.”
Nancy Sparks, a Lake Worth resident, added that the indictment was triggered by Trump’s presidential run.
“They said they would get him and they’re trying,” she said. “It’s going to backfire and the Democrats are going to wish they didn’t mess with him.”
There are millions of Trump-supporting Americans who couldn’t agree more.
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