Their favorite president has been indicted.

Michael Arceneaux
4 min readMar 30


Photo: @IvankaTrump/Twitter

According to multiple reports, on Thursday a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump, making him the first current or former president in American history to face criminal charges.

Hold for applause.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has been investigating Trump in connection to his alleged role in a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his investigators were probing whether Trump falsified business records connected to payments related to Daniels in a way that could constitute a campaign-finance violation.

Hours before the indictment was reported, CNN revealed that in addition to questions about Daniels, Manhattan prosecutors have been asking about a separate $150,000 payment the publisher of the National Enquirer made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to buy her story about her alleged affair with Trump.

Some in the media have complained that Bragg should not be bringing these charges against Trump, or at the very least, shouldn’t be the first to bring them in light of other more serious allegations and investigations involving Trump.

A coup d’état that includes a violent insurrection and conspiracy to obstruct administrative or congressional proceedings does sound worse than accusations of wanting to pay people to keep your sexual escapades secret, but if Trump had been charged years for ago for these and other perceived lesser crimes, perhaps some of the others might not have happened.

Either way, Bragg can’t control how other people do their jobs so let him go first with what he has.

If anything, Bragg’s choice will take the edge off of those that have been dragged their feet to charge Trump with anything.

The sealed indictment — which is said to include felony charges — is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Michael Cohen, the key witness in the case, weighed in with a statement:

“For the first time in our Country’s history, a President (current or former) of the United States has been indicted. I take no pride in…

Michael Arceneaux

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”