Donald Trump, accused of allegedly rigging the results of the 2020 presidential election in the southern state, was photographed in an unusual police portrait in an Atlanta jail. This image shows the former US president, who is also seeking the Republican nomination in the 2024 election, with a serious and defiant expression.
Although in the three previous criminal charges against him, Trump had avoided this police procedure, this time the situation took a different turn. His campaign team took advantage of the media impact of the photograph to address American “patriots,” alleging that it is trying to vilify Trump as “public enemy number one” for challenging corruption in Washington.
The photo’s release coincided with a remarkable fundraiser for the Trump campaign, with nearly $20 million raised in three weeks, according to campaign spokesman Steven Cheung. Although these figures could not be independently verified, Cheung urged the media to continue sharing the image, even providing a higher-quality version.
The photo became a media sensation and the basis for a suite of promotional items released by the Trump team, including t-shirts, mugs, and stickers. While an image of this nature could harm the political aspirations of other candidates, Trump has chosen to use it to bolster his narrative of being a victim of persecution and a Democratic-led “witch hunt.”
However, Democrats have also used the image to reaffirm the idea that no one is above the law, while President Joe Biden humorously responded to reporters’ questions about the photo by saying, “I saw it on TV. A handsome boy.”