All the GOP politicians who've flocked to Trump's Manhattan trial to support him

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  • A long list of prominent GOP politicians have flocked to Trump's ongoing trial in Manhattan.

  • They include the speaker of the House, one governor, and several senators and House members.

  • It's an effort to show loyalty — and for some, boost their VP chances.

Former President Donald Trump's hush-money trial in New York is suddenly the biggest magnet for ambitious Republican politicians hoping to demonstrate their loyalty.

In recent weeks, the Manhattan criminal courthouse has played host to the speaker of the House, several GOP senators and vice-presidential contenders, over a dozen House members, and even two state attorneys general.

It's resulted in at least one senator missing a vote, the postponing of a congressional mark-up, and a bevy of Republican heavyweights turning themselves into attack dogs for the presumptive 2024 nominee — who remains barred from criticizing jurors and witnesses via a gag order.

And Trump has yet to receive a courtroom visit from his own wife, Melania.

Here are all of the Republicans who've flocked to the trial so far.

Sen. Rick Scott was the first elected Republican to show up. He ended up missing a vote.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott walks behind Trump at the trial on May 9.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott walks behind Trump at the trial on May 9.Jeenah Moon/Pool Photo via AP

On Thursday, May 9, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida became the first elected Republican to show up to the trial.

"What he is going through is just despicable," Scott told reporters outside the courtroom, arguing the trial was "clearly criminal" and was being run by "political thugs."

Scott's visit came in the middle of the week, while the Senate was taking votes on a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years.

The Florida senator, who's up for reelection in November, ended up missing a procedural vote on the bill later that day.

That prompted his Democratic opponent, former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell, to slam him as "sucking up to a defendant found liable for sexual abuse" and putting his "own extreme agenda before the people he was elected to represent."

Sen. JD Vance was the first VP contender to show up.

Sen. JD Vance snaps a photo at the trial on May 13.
Sen. JD Vance snaps a photo at the trial on May 13.Mark Peterson/AFP via Getty Images

On Monday, May 13, Sen. JD Vance of Ohio was among the next crop of senators to show up — and the first vice presidential contender to do so.

He later took to social media, calling the courtroom "dingy" while suggesting that the "main goal of the trial is psychological torture."

Sen. Tommy Tuberville

Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama at the trial on May 13.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama at the trial on May 13.Mark Peterson/Getty Images

Tuberville came to the trial alongside Vance, where he derided jurors as being "supposedly American."

He later told the conservative network Newsmax that he came to the trial to help Trump "overcome this gag order."

Sen. Eric Schmitt

Sen. Eric Schmitt at the trial on Tuesday, May 21.
Sen. Eric Schmitt at the trial on Tuesday, May 21.Justin Lane/Getty Images

The Missouri senator, among the first to endorse Trump in 2024, visited the trial on Tuesday, May 21.

Like Sen. Scott, he ended up missing votes to do so.

"You want to talk about threats to democracy? That's what this is across the street," Schmitt said at a press conference with other Republicans outside the trial.

Gov. Doug Burgum was the 2nd VP contender to show up.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum at the trial on May 14.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum at the trial on May 14.Justin Lane/Getty Images

Burgum — another VP contender whose political stock has been on the rise recently — attended the trial on Tuesday, May 14.

He and the other Republicans in attendance quickly made waves on social media for wearing apparently matching outfits.

Vivek Ramaswamy showed up, too.

Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at the trial on May 14.
Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at the trial on May 14.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Vivek Ramaswamy, the tech entrepreneur and 2024 presidential candidate, showed up to the trial on the same day as Burgum.

He also happens to be a vice presidential contender — albeit, a lower-tier one.

House Speaker Mike Johnson

Johnson speaking to reporters outside the trial on May 14.
Johnson speaking to reporters outside the trial on May 14.Alex Kent/AFP via Getty Images

The highest-ranking Republican to visit the trial has been House Speaker Mike Johnson, who traveled to Manhattan on the same day as Burgum and Ramaswamy.

The speaker delivered a series of remarks — including slamming the district attorney, the judge, and Michael Cohen — without taking questions afterwards.

"He is soon to be officially the nominee of one of the major parties in our country," Johnson said of Trump. "Running for president, and they have him tied up here in this ridiculous prosecution. That is not about justice, it's all about politics, and everybody can see that."

He concluded by insisting that he came to the trial "on my own" because he's "deeply concerned about this."

Two dozen other House Republicans have also shown up

Nine House Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, attended the trial on Thursday, May 16.
Nine House Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, attended the trial on Thursday, May 16.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

On Thursday, May 16, the biggest crop of House Republicans yet attended Trump's trial.

That included Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who was met with chants of "Beetlejuice" as she took to the microphones outside the courtroom.

Here are the 20 rank-and-file House Republicans who've attended the trial so far:

  • Andy Biggs of Arizona

  • Lauren Boebert of Colorado

  • Eric Burlison of Missouri

  • Michael Cloud of Texas

  • Andrew Clyde of Georgia

  • Eli Crane of Arizona

  • Byron Donalds of Florida

  • Matt Gaetz of Florida

  • Bob Good of Virginia

  • Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee

  • Ronny Jackson of Texas

  • Anna Paulina Luna of Florida

  • Mary Miller of Illinois

  • Cory Mills of Florida

  • Nicole Malliotakis of New York

  • Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania

  • Troy Nehls of Texas

  • Ralph Norman of South Carolina

  • Andy Ogles of Tennessee

  • Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida

  • Keith Self of Texas

  • Dale Strong of Alabama

  • Mike Waltz of Florida

  • Daniel Webster of Florida

The top law enforcement officials in Iowa, Alabama, and South Carolina have also flocked to a criminal defendant's defense.

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird speaks to reporters outside the trial on May 13.
Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird speaks to reporters outside the trial on May 13.AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah

One other intriguing cohort of trial attendees: three Republican state attorneys general.

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall were among the cohort of Republicans who attended the trial on Monday, May 13. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson attended the trial on Monday, May 20.

Their attendance is particularly striking: they are the top law enforcement officials in their respective states, and they're publicly taking the side of a criminal defendant in another state.

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