The judge warned Donald Trump if he continued attacking individuals and institutions a gag order might be in order … well Tuesday night, Trump gave that judge the middle finger.
The former President reacted to his historic indictment with a vengeful speech at Mar-a-Lago … railing on not only the lead prosecutor, Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg, but also the judge who fired off the gag order warning.
Trump took shots at Bragg throughout his address … calling on Bragg to resign and accusing Bragg of leaking grand jury info. Trump says it’s Bragg who should be facing prosecution, not him, and he says the indictment is light on specifics and Bragg has absolutely no case.
As for the judge, Juan Merchan, well, Trump went after him too … and the judge’s family … something Trump’s son did earlier on social media.
Trump called out Merchan as a “Trump-hating judge” who has it out for him … and he blasted the judge’s wife and fam, even going after the judge’s daughter for working with the Kamala Harris campaign.
The evening’s tone was set from the moment Trump arrived in the room … walking out to “Rebel Rebel.” He shook hands with supporters as he approached the dais, then started venting.
Outside Mar-a-Lago, throngs of Trump fans lined the streets … waving flags and showing him love. Inside, his fans booed and cheered, depending on the subject.
When Trump wasn’t going nuclear on the judge or prosecution, he was patting himself on the back for his time in office and, naturally, dragging Joe Biden.
As you know … Trump was in New York City earlier Tuesday, showing up at a Manhattan courthouse to turn himself in to the NYPD. He was fingerprinted and ultimately pled not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.
After he was done in court, Trump left in his motorcade for the airport … hopping in his private jet and flying back down to Florida.
It will be interesting to see how the judge reacts to Trump’s speech … stay tuned.