(TotalConservative.com) – Former President Trump was booked in a Fulton County jail on August 24 for 13 felony charges surrounding his alleged attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia. District Attorney Fani Willis indicted the former president and his co-defendants for violating the Racketeered Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of Georgia. Unlike his other indictments, which were all in a federal court, Trump and the other 18 defendants were required to take a mugshot photograph. Shortly after leaving the jail, Trump posted his mugshot to Truth Social. He captioned the photo with “ELECTION INTERFERENCE” and “NEVER SURRENDER.”
A little while later, he posted the same photo to his X account, formerly known as Twitter, which he has not used to communicate with the public since January 8, 2021. The site exploded with users expressing their excitement that Trump had finally returned to the platform. Company owner Elon Musk commented on the post the following morning, noting that Trump’s photo was getting “Approximately 10 million views per hour.” Memes of the photo instantly went viral as users commented with their best alterations of the image. In less than 24 hours, Trump received over 1 million likes on the post. Users claimed that Trump stole the show by returning to the platform, shifting the focus of the media’s planned coverage.
Left-leaning news outlets began clutching their pearls over Trump using the mugshot to raise campaign funds, clearly learning nothing from the last 8 years of covering his every move. T-shirts, coffee mugs, koozies, a bumper sticker, and a poster, all adorned with the historical photo promptly became available on his campaign website.
Social media influencers have also started selling their own versions of the photo on various pieces of merchandise. The scandal-ridden, anti-Trump Lincoln Project likely received no scrutiny from the media for the shot glasses they immediately began peddling. Trump’s spokesperson said on August 26 that his campaign raised over $4 million on the day after his arrest, with over $7.1 million since the photo was released.
Copyright 2023, TotalConservative.com