Former president Donald Trump pumped his fist and greeted a boisterous crowd Saturday night as he appeared at a wrestling tournament in Oklahoma hours after he roiled the nation by announcing his imminent arrest.
Trump, who had spent the day holed up at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, was first spotted Saturday boarding a Boeing 757 branded with his name on it as he headed to Tulsa, Okla. to attend the NCAA Division I wrestling championship there, the Daily Mail reported.
It was the first sighting of the former commander-in-chief since he goaded his supporters to “PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!” in a series of all-caps messages that claimed he will be placed under arrest on Tuesday by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.
He arrived to Trump supporters outside the BOK Center, holding flags with his name, and a loud energetic greeting from the audience inside, according to the Daily Mail and video of his entrance posted to social media.
Dressed in a blue suit and red tie, Trump waved as he made his way across the arena floor, a large security detail trailing behind him.
Trump is facing possible indictment over a $130,000 hush money payment he allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
He insisted Saturday that he had committed no crime.
If Trump is indicted, he will become the first president in US history ever to face criminal charges after leaving office.
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