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Watch: Trump Visits NY Bodega Where Clerk Fatally Stabbed Ex-Con in Self-Defense

Donald Trump left his criminal trial on Tuesday and visited a bodega worker cleared of murder for stabbing an ex-con to death in self-defense in his Manhattan store.

The former president headed to Hamilton Heights to speak to Jose Alba, who knifed Austin Simon to death in July 2022, when he jumped the counter in his store.

Alba’s case sparked widespread scrutiny across New York City, until charges against him were dropped in July by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who has become a frequent target of Trump’s attacks on the campaign trail.

Trump received a raucous welcome as he arrived at the bodega, with the crowd chanting ‘four more years’ and cheering his name.

As a crowd sung the Star Spangled Banner behind him, Trump added: ‘You know what we’re going to be doing, right? We’re going to be saving America.’


Alba’s charges sparked intense backlash, with surveillance showing he was not intent on fighting and appeared to act in self-defense during the clash.

At the time, footage clearly showed that Simon had moved behind the counter at the convenience store in Hamilton Heights and pushed the store clerk into a stack of shelves before grabbing him.

It was only then that Alba reached over to a shelf and pulled out a knife to fight back.

Trump used the case in his ongoing campaign to paint his Democrat opponents are soft on crime, weeks after he arrived at slain NYPD officer Jonathan Diller’s wake in Long Island after he was allegedly killed by a repeat offender.

At the bodega, Trump took aim at Bragg as he declared: ‘Number one, we have to stop crime.

‘We have to let the police do their job, they have to be given back their authority,’ he said, adding that his election campaign is ‘making a big play for New York.’

Trump, a former New Yorker who now lives in Florida, said he ‘loves this city’ but it has ‘gotten so bad in the last three, four years.’

‘The African American community are now not getting jobs, the migrants are taking their jobs that are here illegally,’ Trump continued. ‘Hispanics are not getting jobs.’

‘You have massive numbers of terrorists coming into our country, all because of Biden.’

Trump’s warm reception in Manhattan also saw a crowd of children screaming ‘we love Trump!’, in footage shared by his 2024 national press secretary Karoline Leavitt.

Alba’s case triggered debates over self-defense arguments in criminal cases, as footage showed he was attacked by Simon’s girlfriend during a vicious spat over a bag of chips, when her she tried to pay $3 but her card was declined.

As Alba and Simon fought, the girlfriend who started the row produced a knife from her bag and slashed Alba in the arm.

Other videos obtained by show Simon – who was on parole for attacking a police officer when he died – marching behind the bodega counter to confront Alba.

‘Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa,’ Alba told him calmly.

The girlfriend was never charged, but Alba was accused of murder in a case that sparked fury across the city.

Alba fled to upstate New York and planned to move back to his home in the Dominican Republic because he feared for his life after he was charged, and quit his job after receiving an outpouring of hate over the stabbing.

But now he is back in the city.

On July 19, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office asked a judge to drop the charges Alba after having faced intense backlash, including criticism from the city’s mayor.

The motion to dismiss stated that prosecutors ‘have determined that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in his use of deadly physical force.’

The filing said that ‘a homicide case against Alba could not be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt’ and that the case will not be presented to a grand jury.

Trump’s appearance came as Bragg has been a frequent target of his attacks.

Outside the bodega, he also took aim at the criminal trial against him that began on Monday, which he dubbed ‘election interference.’

‘The whole world is watching this New York legal system,’ he said.

‘It all comes out of Washington, because they’re losing very badly, did you know they’re losing very badly? They’re losing badly in the polls.

‘People don’t like the persecution, they don’t like what’s going on, they don’t like these fake prosecutors.’

  • rcp5 says:

    In new york, criminal have more rights than the general public Bragg makes sure of that.

    • Zmb Grrl says:

      You mean Soros makes sure of it . . . in NY and other Leftist cities.

      • Jane Mann says:

        Soros has these prosecutors bought & paid for, but the ‘people’ will prevail. Only imbeciles choose to vote for them. Freedom in America is in peril under these rogues.

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  • Bret says:

    He was cleared of charges except he should have never been charged. Still guilty until proven innocent. If there was no video, he would be in prison today

  • Barb N says:

    This is how President Trump will campaign!! Brilliant and wonderful for The People!!

  • DeniseRS says:

    This is why real people love Trump….he is genuine and cares for people. Actions speak louder than words.



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