Trump’s Mugshot Dominates Headlines As Republicans Continue To Back Him
In what would be the first booking photo of a sitting or former U.S. president, the mugshot of former President Donald Trump has been making rounds all over the internet following his booking into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia.
This move comes as he faces a barrage of 13 charges linked to his alleged involvement in contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state.
Speaking exclusively to Fox News Digital on Thursday night, Trump expressed his astonishment at being subjected to such treatment. According to him, Georgia officials “insisted on a mugshot and I agreed to do that.”
“This is the only time I’ve ever taken a mugshot,” he said further, adding that undergoing such an ordeal was deeply discomforting, particularly when he staunchly believes in his innocence.
“This is all about election interference. It all comes through Washington and the DOJ and Crooked Joe Biden—nothing like this has ever happened in our country before,” he stated.
The allegations leveled against Trump encompass a wide spectrum of charges, including violating the Georgia RICO Act, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, and several counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, false statements, and filing false documents.
Trump sees these accusations as a politically motivated attempt to thwart his influence, especially as he currently leads the GOP polls for the 2024 nomination and is President Joe Biden’s greatest threat, according to polling results.
While those on the other side of the political aisle are relishing the moment and celebrating the circulation of Trump’s mugshot, Republicans have come together to rally behind their former leader. With a surge of support, Trump continues to be the frontrunner in the GOP race for 2024.
GOP Rep. Byron Donalds took to X, writing, “Today is another dark day in U.S. history. A day when We The People & the world, will witness the continued weaponization of the justice system against a political opponent, former POTUS, & leading candidate for the upcoming presidential election.”
Today is another dark day in U.S. history. A day when We The People & the world, will witness the continued weaponization of the justice system against a political opponent, former POTUS, & leading candidate for the upcoming presidential election. This is a travesty of justice.
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) August 24, 2023
These sentiments were echoed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who remarked, “Those who decided to start using indictments, prosecutors & even mug shots as weapons in a political campaign have unleashed a destructive new era in American politics.”
Those who decided to start using indictments, prosecutors & even mug shots as weapons in a political campaign have unleashed a destructive new era in American politics.
Now, for years to come our criminal justice system will be used to target candidates in both parties & the…
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 24, 2023
For former Trump official Stephen Miller, “They’re flaunting their crackdown on democracy.”
Sickening. Authoritarian. They’re flaunting their crackdown on democracy. https://t.co/wS0TeOutcp
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) August 25, 2023
Richard Grenell, who served as the Acting Director of National Intelligence under President Trump, also chimed in, tweeting, “91 charges is what dictators do. Joe Biden has unleashed a blow back like never before. Trump 2024 – save our country from the corrupted elites.”
91 charges is what dictators do.
Joe Biden has unleashed a blow back like never before.
Trump 2024 – save our country from the corrupted elites.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 25, 2023
Even in the midst of the prosecution, Rep. Lauren Boebert chose to tweet a message of encouragement, writing “Not all heroes wear capes,” alongside Trump’s mugshot.
Not all heroes wear capes. pic.twitter.com/gtwAkU6dD6
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 25, 2023
Breaking his over two-year silence on X, Trump himself, also shared the booking photo on his X, with the inscriptions, “ELECTION INTERFERENCE,” and “NEVER SURRENDER!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2023