April 4, 2023 - PBS NewsHour full episode: asset-mezzanine-16x9

Former President Donald Trump was arraigned in a New York courtroom yesterday, before returning to address the public at his residence at Mar-a-Lago.

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The panel

Audrey Haynes, professor of political science, University of Georgia

Maya King, @mayaaking, politics reporter, New York Times

Rick Dent, vice president, Matrix Communications

Tia Mitchell, @ajconwashington, Washington reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown

1. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was shouted down at a pro-Trump rally in New York.

  • At a rally outside the courthouse where former President Donald Trump was being arraigned, Greene attempted to deliver remarks, but counter-protestors drowned her out with noise.
  • Greene compared the former president to Jesus Christ, claiming political prosecution unfairly targeted Trump.
  • She's managed to leverage her support for Trump while remaining close to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who reinstated her leadership positions in Congress.

LISTEN: Tia Mitchell on Marjorie Taylor Greene's New York appearance.

2. Trump addressed the public from Mar-a-Lago after his arraignment in New York City.

  • Although he was told by Judge Juan M. Merchan to watch his rhetoric, Trump addressed several criminal cases building against him, calling Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis a "racist in reverse."
  • The Trump family has posted photos of the judge's family members, alleging their connection to Democrats.
  • Despite the eventual trial, Trump remains the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican primary.

LISTEN: Rick Dent on Donald Trump's prospects in 2024.

3. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has a new liberal majority.

  • Janet Protasiewicz defeated former Justice Dan Kelly in the closely contested race. Protasiewicz's election marks the end of a 15-year conservative hold on the judicial body, meaning Wisconsin's Republican-controlled electoral districts and abortion laws could come to an end.
  • With a presidential election around the corner, it could forecast new Democratic strongholds in the Midwest.
  • In Chicago's mayoral contest, Brandon Johnson, a progressive former teacher and union organizer, defeated Paul Vallas, a self-proclaimed "tough on crime" candidate, in a runoff.


4. Gov. Brian Kemp vetoes the first bill of his second term.

  • Kemp nixed House Bill 319, which would cap tuition increases at state universities to 3% without legislative approval. Kemp says the bill oversteps the Board of Regents's power.

Thursday on Political Rewind: Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor-at-large Kevin Riley joins the panel.