The Washington PostThe Washington Post

Outside of Trump’s arraignment, revelers mark dueling visions of justice

By Emily Davies

04 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Ahead of Donald Trump’s arraignment, his supporters and detractors gathered outside the courthouse to express their views on the proceedings. The former president’s third criminal indictment has turned into another opportunity for the most practiced demonstrators on both sides of the aisle to make their voices heard in Washington.

WASHINGTON - One man brought a sign that said "Loser" and a box of golden Oreos as fuel for the day. Another brought a 5-by-3 foot flag that said "Trump or Death." The two men sat far apart, each hoping to decorate the grounds of the E. Barrett Prettyman courthouse with their version of the truth.

That was how this balmy morning in Washington began, dueling versions of America captured by scores of journalists, all waiting for the former president to show up blocks away from where he directed an angry mob nearly three years ago, at the courthouse where so many of his supporters have stood trial, to enter a plea to historic charges.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content