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NEW YORK (PIX11) – As former President Donald Trump headed to the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse Tuesday to surrender for his arraignment in the hush-money case, he called the historic moment “surreal.”

“Heading to Lower Manhattan, the Courthouse. Seems so SURREAL — WOW, they are going to ARREST ME. Can’t believe this is happening in America. MAGA!” Trump posted on Truth Social.

The former president was escorted in a motorcade from Trump Tower down to the courthouse in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

Trump was arraigned on criminal charges stemming from hush-money payments made during his 2016 presidential campaign. He is the first former president to face criminal charges.

Trump was booked ahead of his appearance before a judge to learn the charges against him. Trump pleaded not guilty, according to his lawyers.

Judge Juan Merchan previously ruled that TV cameras wouldn’t be allowed in the courtroom.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.