How social media reacted to Donald Trump's monumental day in court
How social media reacted to Donald Trump’s monumental day in court and his Mar-a-Lago address to nation with hilarious memes
- Meme makers took to the internet to poke fun at Donald Trump’s arrest Tuesday
- Some joked about Melania basking in freedom with her husband out of the way
- Others commented that Trump’s base would be more emboldened than ever
Meme-makers had a field day as former president Donald Trump was arrested in Manhattan Tuesday on multiple felony charges of false business practices.
Multiple memes poked fun at Melania Trump’s notable absence from Trump’s rally delivered back at Mar-a-Lago in Florida Tuesday night, likening her to Julia Roberts singing in a bathtub in the film Pretty Woman.
Another showed Donal Trump Jr. reading a kids book titled ‘The Night Dad Went to Prison,’ and a third showed a forecast calling for ‘mostly stormy’ weather Tuesday with a picture of Stormy Daniels – the porn star who Trump’s hush-payments to sparked his indictment – instead of a cloud icon.
Not all the memes poked fun at the Trumps, however, with some commenting on how the former president’s arrest would bolster his supporters in a way they’d never been rallied before.
Trump was arraigned Tuesday on 34 felony Class E felony counts of falsifying business records by allegedly misclassifying payments to his attorney, Michael Cohen, as being for legal services when they were in fact reimbursements for hush money bills. The 76-year-old appeared before a judge in Manhattan today where he pleaded not guilty on all counts, before returning to Mar-a-Lago.
Melania Trump was glaringly absent from her husband’s side on Tuesday as he delivered a defiant speech at Mar-a-Lago, condemning the New York prosecutor and judge who presided over his arraignment.
The former president was supported by three of his five children – Don Jr, Eric and Tiffany.
Teenage Barron is rarely seen, and Ivanka Trump – who previously played a pivotal role in her father’s political career – announced before Christmas she was playing no part in his new chapter.
But Melania Trump’s absence was keenly felt, especially given that she was seen at Mar-a-Lago as recently as Thursday.
Hours after the indictment was announced, she was by her husband’s side in a very public show of strength. The couple dined together with friends at their usual, highly-visible table, at Mar-a-Lago.
Yet on Tuesday she was nowhere to be seen.
Some speculated that her absence was due to the nature of the indictment, and the fact is was connected to allegations he cheated on her with Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Before the indictment was announced last week, a source told PEOPLE that Melania, 52, ‘is leading her own life’ and ‘still feels happy’ at Mar-a-Lago, but ‘remains angry and doesn’t want to hear’ about the alleged $130,000 in hush money to Daniels.
An insider told the magazine: ‘They weren’t expecting [the indictment], but Melania will support him. That’s what she does. They are a family.’
Another said her focus is on 17-year-old Barron.
‘She is aware of who her husband is and keeps her life upbeat with her own family and a few close friends,’ one of the insiders added.
Donald Trump used his speech to tear into the judge and district attorney in New York who oversaw his arraignment on Tuesday, going after Judge Juan Merchan’s family and calling Alvin Bragg a ‘criminal.’
In a burst of fury during his 25-minute remarks to a packed crowd of family and supporters at Mar-a-Lago, Trump let his frustration with the case shine through.
He slammed his legal opposition, despite a warning from Merchan to use his words carefully in order to avoid a gag order.
The former president described his foes as a ‘Trump-hating judge with a Trump-hating wife and a family whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris,’ which drew groans from the crowd.
Trump also said the real criminal in the case is Bragg, accusing him of leaking grand jury information.
‘The criminal is the district attorney because he illegally leaked massive amounts of Grand Jury information for which he should be prosecuted, or at a minimum he should resign,’ he said, to cheers.
Donald Trump appears in a Manhattan courtroom during his arraignment on Tuesday
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