Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s mug shot was disclosed on Thursday evening, following his detainment at an Atlanta prison on over a dozen felony charges.
This marks a significant development in an extensive legal case stemming from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.
The mug shot depicted Trump, devoid of a smile, glaring at the camera with the inmate number P01135809 assigned by Fulton County Jail.
Notably, this image represented a unique occurrence for Trump, as he had evaded posing for a photograph in his previous three criminal cases.
Swiftly seizing the opportunity, Trump strategically shared the mug shot on his social media platforms, including X (formerly known as Twitter) and his self-established platform, Truth Social.
Alongside the image, his campaign website featured a message from Trump defending his actions and requesting donations.
The post on X marked Trump’s apparent return to the platform since his account was banned subsequent to the events of January 6, 2021, when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Elon Musk, owner of X, had reinstated Trump’s account in the previous year.
After spending a brief 20 minutes in jail, Trump departed for his New Jersey golf club.
Prior to departing Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, he reiterated his belief that the ongoing prosecution, along with his other legal battles, was motivated by political interests.
Trump, aged 77, has already set an unprecedented precedent as the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges, all while launching a new campaign for the presidency next year.
Surprisingly, rather than harming his prospects for the Republican Party’s nomination, the four legal cases seem to have fortified Trump’s position.
He maintains a substantial lead in polling for the Republican primary against Democratic President Joe Biden in the upcoming 2024 election.
A multitude of supporters gathered outside the jail, displaying Trump banners and American flags, among them Georgia U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a steadfast ally of the former president.
The mug shot is expected to circulate extensively among both Trump’s adversaries and his followers.
Laura Loomer, a former Republican congressional candidate, even suggested the image could become as iconic as the Mona Lisa.
In a separate development, a trial date of October 23 was set for one of Trump’s co-defendants, attorney Kenneth Chesebro, with further details regarding Trump’s trial schedule yet to be determined.
Amid these legal proceedings, Trump maintains his plea of innocence across all cases, denying any wrongdoing. The charges against him encompass a range of accusations, from racketeering to election interference.
While the legal battles continue to unfold, Trump’s political resilience and his ability to leverage his legal challenges for support remain prominent aspects of his public image.