Trump’s Arraignment: The Whole World Is Watching Miami

Mayor Suarez promises everything is under control, but warns of possible road closures and “disruption”; police chief refers to darker “potential.”

At former President Donald Trump’s last criminal arraignment in lower Manhattan in April, the scene was tense but compressed into one of downtown’s narrow canyons. There were as many media reporters as onlookers and protestors.

At today’s arraignment, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. at downtown Miami’s federal courthouse, the location is comparatively accessible, more conducive for gatherings, and the city is taking no chances.

At a press conference yesterday, Miami Mayor Frances Suarez joined Police Chief Manuel Morales and other law enforcement leaders to send a message that peace will be maintained, whether the event draws 5,000 or 50,000 people. “We want to assure the public that we’ve already begun preparations,” Suarez said. But the location is not firmly locked up; barriers will depend, Morales said, on the size and composition of the crowd. Suarez said some road closures are possible.

Suarez characterized the role of law enforcement as a balancing act between free speech and lawfulness. “In our city,” he said, “we believe in the Constitution, we believe that people should have the right to express themselves, but we also believe in law and order. We hope that tomorrow will be peaceful, and we encourage people to be peaceful in demonstrating how they feel, and we’re going to have the forces necessary to ensure that.”

Morales took a somewhat warier tone, perhaps in light of the state’s looser gun laws compared to New York, a spike in violent online chatter, and an expected rally by the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group. “We know there’s a potential of things taking a turn for the worst, but that’s not the Miami way,” he said. Morales said no protest permits had been issued, but that there was a plan in place to separate “opposing parties” as needed.

“We are ready,” he added, “we are ready for it to be over and done.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.