Tension is brewing as President Donald Trump (R) is expected to be taken under custody this week, possibly next. With his supporters questioning the reason behind his supposed arrest, Republican lawmakers are attempting to quiet down any unrest that might unfold.
In response to the alleged arrest, President Trump signaled that the arrest is all part of an intimidation tactic against the American people.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) commented on the speculated arrest this week, denouncing the New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg. DeSantis, who's recently been on the receiving end of criticism from Trump, said that Bragg has "weaponized" his office to further a political agenda.
This appears to be common ground with Trump, who released a message to supporters, denouncing the alleged arrest as an intimidation tactic to scare people from voting for him in the 2024 election.
In his message, Trump said that "the Deep State and George Soros' globalist cabal of thugs think that by coming for me they can intimidate you out of voting for a president who will always put the people first." "Weaponizing the justice system to try and take me down was always their final play," Trump added.
After Trump announced on Truth social that he'd be arrested on Tuesday, videos surfaced showing workers and New York police setting up barricades outside of the Manhattan Criminal Court. Law enforcement is attempting to prepare for possible unrest should the arrest come to fruition.
On Truth Social, President Trump called on his supporters to "protest" and "take our nation back," and though House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R) has signaled support for President Trump during this time, he spoke during a press conference and suggested that Trump's supporters should do the opposite.
"Our justice system should not be used to target political opponents," said McCarthy during the press conference, saying that this arrest would go against everything that Bragg has professed.
It doesn't matter if it's President Trump or a Democrat. Our justice system should not be used to target political opponents. Period. pic.twitter.com/UQM6aWNDOY
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 20, 2023
"I don't think people should protest this," McCarthy further said.