In the United States, all eyes are on Tuesday. That's when former president Donald Trump is slated to appear for arraignment at a Manhattan courthouse on yet-unspecified criminal charges in a case that involves hush money paid to an adult-film actress around the time of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Whatever the details of the indictment - and the drama of Trump's appearance in court - it marks an unprecedented moment in which a former U.S. president will be charged with a crime.
For Trump's supporters on the U.S. right, news of the indictment has already stirred a hornet's nest of grievance and anger. On social media and in the right-wing echo chamber, influencers and pundits gnashed their teeth over criminal proceedings they view as politically motivated. Fringe neofascist militias are making online calls for war. More mainstream broadcasters view Trump as the victim of a vindictive liberal establishment.