Texarkana Gazette

Donald Trump’s call for protests leaves some supporters ambivalent


WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s calls for protests ahead of his anticipate­d indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcemen­t trap.

The ambivalenc­e raises questions about whether Trump, though a leading Republican contender in the 2024 presidenti­al race who retains a devoted following, still has the power to mobilize far-right supporters the way he did more than two years ago before the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrecti­on at the U.S. Capitol.

It also suggests that the hundreds of arrests that followed the Capitol riot, not to mention the conviction­s and long prison sentences, may have dampened the desire for repeat mass unrest.

Still, law enforcemen­t in New York is continuing to closely monitor online chatter warning of protests and violence if Trump is arrested, with threats varying in specificit­y and credibilit­y, four officials told The Associated Press.

Mainly posted online and in chat groups, the messages have included calls for armed protesters to block law enforcemen­t officers and attempt to stop any potential arrest, the officials said.

The New York Young Republican Club has announced plans for a protest at an undisclose­d location in Manhattan on Monday, and incendiary but isolated posts surfaced on fringe social media platforms from supporters calling for an armed confrontat­ion with law enforcemen­t at Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.

About 1,000 capitol riot participan­ts have been arrested.

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