CNN boasted on Monday about its poll showing that a majority of Americans approve of the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
The day after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg confirmed that a grand jury indicted Trump, CNN conducted a poll and found that 60% of Americans purportedly "approve" of the indictment while 40% do not.
But there is a significant problem with the poll and its result indicating widespread support for the indictment: It was conducted before the indictment was unsealed.
How, then, can anyone form a reasonable opinion about the indictment and whether or not they support it? The charges against Trump — reportedly 34 counts of a Class E felony for allegedly falsifying business records — will not be made public until the former president is arraigned, which is expected to take place on Tuesday.
Even more bewildering, only 51% of respondents said they've heard "a lot" about the case. Setting aside the fact that no one yet even knows the exact charges against Trump, the figure raises another question: How can you "support" something you're only vaguely aware of?
Meanwhile, the poll showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans — 76% — view the indictment as political. Only 14% of respondents believe that politics played no role in Bragg's decision to pursue the case.
What about the arraignment?
Trump flew to New York City on Monday ahead of his arraignment.
Trump's time in the courthouse on Tuesday is expected to be brief. He will not be handcuffed, and TV cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. Trump will learn the charges against him and enter his plea, which is expected to be "not guilty." The former president is reportedly prepared to enter the plea himself, rather than have his lawyers speak for him.
Trump, however, will not be subjected to a mug shot, Yahoo News reported. Trump will be accompanied by his Secret Service agents through the entire process.
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