Trump stops by Harlem bodega after second day of hush money trial

Former President Trump visited a Harlem shopping district Tuesday after leaving court for the day, highlighting how he tries to balance his time as a criminal defendant and Republican presidential candidate.

President Trump stopped by a warehouse where his supporters had gathered and greeted them with a chant of “four more years.” The former president used the suspension to attack the judge overseeing the hush-money case, criticize Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s handling of the crime, and his campaign to play for deep-blue New York. suggested that.

“We’re playing a big game for New York,” President Trump said of the state, which he lost by about 2 million votes in 2020. “I love this city. It’s gotten really bad here in the last three, four years. We’re going to fix New York.”

President Trump has placed some of the blame for the crime situation on Bragg, the district attorney who filed a hush money lawsuit against the former president.

President Trump said there was “no crime” regarding the hush money allegations. “You know where the crime is? In the warehouses where they come and rob every week.”

“Alvin Bragg doesn’t do anything. He goes after guys like Trump who haven’t done anything wrong,” Trump added.

Asked what he thought about the jurors seated so far in the case, Trump said, “It’s too early to say,” adding that he was looking for “fair people.”

Asked whether he violated a judge’s gag order, which prohibits attacks on witnesses, prosecutors, court staff or the judge’s family, Trump said he did not believe he had.

“No, I didn’t. There shouldn’t be a gag order. I’m telling you, a gag order is completely unconstitutional,” Trump said.

The shopping district Trump visited on Tuesday was where Jose Alba, a former store clerk, was first charged with murder for stabbing to death a man who attacked Alba over a bag of chips in 2022.

Alba spent a short time in prison until Bragg dropped the charges amid criticism that the killing was in self-defense. Alba later sued the city over the incident.

“This matter was resolved nearly two years ago and the charges were dropped after a thorough investigation,” a spokesperson for Bragg’s office said in a statement. “Attorney General Bragg’s top priority remains combating violent crime, and his office has worked with the NYPD to reduce overall crime in Manhattan, including double-digit declines in murders and shootings since he took office. I have been working on it.”

Mr. Bragg’s office is also mentioned in the following article: Post to X By 2024, Manhattan has seen a 39% decrease in shootings, a 23% decrease in murders, a 3% decrease in robberies, and a 14% decrease in robberies.

President Trump is expected to spend four days a week in court over the next few weeks, but his stop at a Harlem convenience store is a sign of his willingness to garner media attention and get his message across even during the trial. It reflects.

Mr. Trump and his campaign are expected to repeatedly attack Mr. Bragg’s decision to file a hush money lawsuit.

In addition to suspensions like Tuesday’s, President Trump is expected to hold virtual and in-person events over the weekend and holidays. He is scheduled to hold a rally in North Carolina on Saturday.

“They’re trying to keep me out of the campaign. But given what I’m doing, I think there’s more press here than there would be if I went somewhere better.” President Trump said on Tuesday.

The former president was charged with repaying his then-fixer Michael Cohen, who paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump just before the 2016 election. He has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records. he denies it.

President Trump has denied any wrongdoing and earlier Tuesday called the payments “legal costs.”

Updated at 8:15 p.m.

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