Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials are increasing security in Miami ahead of former President Donald Trump’s court appearance on Tuesday, following his indictment by the Biden Justice Department last week.
Authorities have increased security because they anticipate protests and possibly even violence. When Trump appeared in court in New York City to answer a 34-count indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, protests erupted.
Fox News reported that Miami-Dade police have expressed their willingness to assist with any necessary security measures, and local media outlets have reported the installation of fencing and barricades around the courthouse in preparation for Trump’s anticipated appearance.
“The City of Miami Police Department will work cohesively with our local, state, and federal partners to provide any assistance needed in the form of personnel, resources, detours, and/or road closures,” the department said in a statement. “We’re committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment right.”
Authorities are monitoring social media and other sources for indications of potential courthouse or Mar-a-Lago estate protests.
Fox News included:
The situation is analogous to Trump’s indictment in New York City, where protests surrounded his court appearance on unrelated charges for days. There were a few skirmishes between supporters and critics of the former president, but these demonstrations were primarily peaceful.
Trump is charged with 37 counts of various crimes, including 31 counts of knowingly withholding national defense information, three counts of withholding or concealing documents in a federal investigation, two counts of making false statements, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to an indictment unsealed in Florida on Friday.
In the aftermath of the Justice Department’s indictment, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino has legitimate concerns for Trump’s safety.
“Hard to talk about, but I’m growing concerned about President Trump’s safety,” Bongino noted in a tweet containing a link to an episode of his weekday talk radio show.
Bongino began by stating that he felt compelled to broach the sensitive topic after reading reports that “Trump may not be present for the election.”
“Having protected both Democrats and Republicans, protectees and presidents, right? I’m telling you, this guy’s in real danger,” said Bongino, who served as a Secret Service agent from 1999, the end of Bill Clinton’s tenure, to 2011, into Barack Obama’s first term.
“You’ve got the Iranian threat out there from his actions against the Iranians,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party doesn’t like him. They don’t want to see him back in power.”
In addition, a large number of Democrats, including the current administration, appear willing to violate norms and laws to entangle him in legal entanglements or worse.
“There’s a unique witches’ brew of threats for this guy,” Bongino said.
Bongino emphasized that his remarks were more mature than those of comedian Kathy Griffin, who mocked Trump’s beheading in 2017 and actor Robert DeNiro, who used phony tough man talk during Trump’s presidency. He also referred to a number of other self-absorbed Hollywood and left-wing figures who made false claims about their willingness to take risks in opposing Trump.
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