Trump's mugshot expression was a calculated campaign strategy

user avatar Author: Editors Desk Source: THR (The Hollywood Reporter)
August 28, 2023 at 20:09
Political science and public relations experts at Virginia Tech believe that Trump and his team carefully planned out how he should look in the mugshot.

When Donald Trump turned himself in at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia on Friday, he made history by becoming the first former US President to have a mugshot taken. 

Trump was booked on felony charges connected to efforts to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss in Georgia. He was booked, fingerprinted, and photographed for a mugshot in a process that took only 20 minutes before he was released under the terms of a $200,000 bond agreement. 

The mugshot was circulated widely online within hours and both supporters and critics of the former president have made merchandise displaying the image. Trump’s supporters have embraced it as a symbol to rally around, while Trump’s critics have mocked it and used it for memes. 

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