PALM BEACH, Florida. Supporters of former President Donald Trump from Florida and other parts of the country stood in solidarity outside his home in Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday.
“The time has come to end the political witch hunt against President Trump,” said Doug Newberry, one of the dozens of Trump supporters in attendance. “We have no other presidents with whom this would happen. Why is President Trump, someone who helps people, being persecuted? It is not right.”
Rose Gagnon moved to Florida from New Hampshire five months ago. On Tuesday, she held her flag in her hands and said she felt it was right to protect President Trump from possible arrest.
“If this happens, it will be the worst thing that can be,” says Gagnon.
Some, even on the other side of the political aisle, say a possible indictment against Trump helps him by endearing supporters to him.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire shared his thoughts on the state of the country with CNN on Sunday.
“I just think that not only the media, but many Democrats have played it wrong, evoking sympathy for the former president, and it really changes the paradigm drastically as we get into the 24th election.”
However, there are others, such as Illinois Democratic Representative Mike Quigley, who believe the accusation is justified by the president’s history.
“I voted to impeach President Trump because he instigated an uprising that almost destroyed our country,” Quigley’s spokesman said. “And now he could possibly be charged with something so decent and dirty.”
He continued, “Maybe it’s appropriate. Perhaps it says more about the person. He’s never been held accountable, and maybe it’s finally something like this that gets to him.”
However, steps away from the former president’s home on Tuesday, supporters such as Nancy Sparks, 83, believe this pandemonium over the possibility of Trump behind bars could play in his favor.
“It’s all just politics,” Sparks shared. “What they are trying to do is put pressure on him like they tried before. It will not work. It will backfire and he will become president in 2024.”