Counter-protest forces Marjorie Taylor Greene to flee Trump arraignment as she compares him to Mandela
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Marjorie Taylor Greene, an ardent supporter of former US President Donald Trump, was forced to flee a court arraignment in Washington DC after being confronted by counter-protesters.
The Georgia congresswoman had attended the event to offer her support to Mr Trump, who is facing a second impeachment trial in the Senate.
But as she made her way to the courthouse, Ms Greene was met with a crowd of angry protesters, who shouted “lock her up” and called her a “traitor”.
Ms Greene, who has been a vocal defender of Mr Trump throughout his presidency, responded by comparing him to former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“The people who are here to protest Donald Trump's arraignment today are here to protest the same thing that Nelson Mandela was protesting – freedom from oppression,” she said.
Ms Greene then attempted to make her way into the courthouse, but was quickly turned back by security. As she left, she was heckled by the crowd and some of the protesters followed her to her car, prompting her to drive away.
The incident highlights the growing divide between those who support and those who oppose Mr Trump.
Ms Greene's presence at the arraignment was seen as a show of solidarity for the former president, who is facing charges of inciting an insurrection following the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters.
While Mr Trump's supporters have continued to show their loyalty to him, the counter-protesters at the arraignment demonstrate the strong opposition that many have to the former president and his policies.
The incident also serves as a reminder of the deep political divisions in the US, which have only been exacerbated by Mr Trump's time in office.