After an already iconic mugshot of former President Donald Trump nearly broke the internet, some believe this is the moment that secured him 4 more years in the White House hot seat – Here’s the reaction to the shocking image so far.
Now Iconic Trump Mugshot
Donald Trump’s unexpected mug shot taken at Fulton County Jail became an iconic picture of American history, but has the intended reaction backfired?
The booking photo made ripples on social media, infiltrating text messages, social media platforms, merchandise, and news outlets, magnifying its impact across the globe.
Trump’s adversaries seized upon the image as evidence of prosecution, setting the stage for future elections while accusing him of criminal activity.
Trump’s Allies Undeterred
Surprisingly, Trump’s allies rallied around the image, embracing it as a powerful symbol that could rejuvenate the former president’s popularity within his party and his bid for the presidency.
Conservative media personality Ford O’Connell didn’t enjoy the mugshot, saying, “The Democrats are likely going to regret the Trump mug shot politically,” before adding, “It’s over the top.”
Other supporters saw it as a potential reason for voters to become angry at the Democrats, using it as fuel to their fire.
“WE ARE COMING AFTER YOU”
Trump nonchalantly downplayed the significance of the mug shot, casting it aside as just another photograph, “It is what it is. I took a mugshot,” he said.
The Trump campaign rushed to shield the image, warning against unauthorized use for fundraising purposes, “WE ARE COMING AFTER YOU you will NOT SCAM DONORS.” They warned on X.
Experts like Craig Shirley suggested that booking pictures will not only prove his arrest but will also strengthen the public’s perception of him, “On a political level, this only strengthens Donald Trump’s hand.”
“Laugh His Way to the White House”
Shirley, who wrote Ronald Reagen’s biography, argued, “There’s no downside for Donald Trump. He’ll laugh all the way to the White House.”
In a bold move, Trump himself revealed he had made his return to Twitter in some style, with his first tweet being his mugshot followed by the words, “Election Interference, Never Surrender.”
An Election Winning Photo?
Pro-Trump figures swiftly capitalized on the mug shot, associating it with future elections and drumming up support for Trump’s potential return to the White House.
The mugshot rapidly became a symbol of a potential 2024 victory for Trump, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and others projecting his return to power, “This is the photo that will win the 2024 Presidential election,” she tweeted alongside the mugshot.
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Source: NBC News