Update, Aug. 24, 2023 at 9:15 PM:
Former President Donald Trump departed the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta after being booked on RICO charges on Thursday, Aug. 24.
He was assigned inmate number P01135809 and a mugshot was taken.
“I did nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters at Hartsfield International Airport.
The Fulton County Jail released a low-resolution booking photo of Trump on Thursday night.
Trump is the first president in history to be arrested, booked, fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken.
According to Business Insider, Trump’s team will feature the mugshot on his campaign merchandise.
They will exchange the real mugshot for a fake one that was featured on his merchandise.
Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump said the mugshot will be everywhere:
“It’s going to be on posters and people’s dorm rooms. It’s going to be on t-shirts. It is going to be a flag flown by people who love this country because they’re backing Donald Trump.”
Trump, 77, was indicted on 13 RICO charges in Fulton County for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election. His bond was set at $200,000 because he’s considered a “flight risk.”
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Trump was previously indicted in New York, Washington, D.C. and Florida by Democrat prosecutors. Arizona is considering filing a fifth indictment against him.
It is the first time in history that a sitting president had his main political opponent arrested to eliminate him from the presidential race.
Fox News ran an ad portraying Trump as a common criminal during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Trump chose to sit out the debate.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired an exclusive interview with Trump at the same time as the GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night.
Tucker noted that the Democrats’ efforts to get Trump to drop out of the race have failed so far.
“Don’t they have to kill you now?” Carlson asked.
Trump responded, “I got indicted four times. All trivial nonsense. Bullsh*t, it’s all bullsh*t. It’s horrible when you look at what they’re doing.”
Trump’s supporters are galvanized by the Democrats’ ongoing efforts to stop him from defeating President Biden in 2024.
Trump’s supporters compared him to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was arrested several times as he fought for civil rights for Black Americans in the 1960s.
Trump’s supporters posted an AI mugshot of Trump smiling alongside Dr. King’s mugshot from his 1963 arrest in Birmingham, Alabama.
King’s jailers hoped his mugshot would demoralize other civil rights activists. But it had the opposite effect.
King’s booking photo uplifted and empowered people to continue to fight for justice and equality in America.
Black newspapers published King’s mugshot alongside his infamous letter from the Birmingham jail.
In his letter, Dr. King denied going to Birmingham to cause trouble. “I was invited,” he wrote, “because injustice is here.”
“I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” King added.
Trump won’t be held long enough to write his own letter from the Fulton County Jail.
But he will briefly take his place in history alongside Dr. King as a modern political prisoner.
Trump’s supporters say it’s only fitting that he will make history in Dr. King’s home town.
This post was originally published on Aug. 24, 2023 at 8:40 AM.