Trump was arrested at a Georgia jail Thursday on racketeering and conspiracy charges and released on a $200,000 bond after having a historic mug shot taken.
Accused of conspiring with 18 co-defendants to overturn the 2020 election outcome in the southern state, Trump’s stay within Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail was brief, lasting under half an hour. Subsequently, he departed via a motorcade bound for the airport.Unlike the other authorities, who gave him a pass, Georgia opted to process him like any other criminal defendant, including fingerprints and a mug shot, in a case stemming from Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state.
In the mug shot, an unsmiling Trump, 77, glares into the camera, his brow furrowed, his jaw clenched and his red tie knotted tightly.
Historic First: Donald Trump’s Mug Shot Captured After Surrender at a Georgia jail
The former president’s legacy takes on a new facet with the emergence of his booking photo, capturing a moment as he confronts criminal charges across four American cities in his pursuit to regain the presidency. Following his release on a $200,000 bond, Trump efficiently completed the process within a swift 20 minutes. As is customary, he provided officials with his physical measurements: standing at 6 feet 3 inches, weighing 215 pounds, and possessing blond or strawberry hair. Trump, once celebrated with the title of “Mr President” during his four years in the White House, was now assigned the inmate number P01135809.
This case in Fulton County constitutes the fourth set of criminal charges against Trump since March.
Trump returns to X
Wasting no time, Trump, the quintessnetial bussinessman, promptly harnessed his mug shot for fundraising endeavors. He shared the image on X, the platform formerly recognized as Twitter, as well as on his personally owned social media network, Truth Social.
This marked Trump’s initial post on X in over two and a half years, a hiatus that followed the ban on his account subsequent to the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol by his supporters. The reinstatement of Trump’s account was facilitated by Elon Musk after his acquisition of X last year.
Additionally, Trump featured the photograph on his campaign website, coupling it with an appeal for contributions. His message contended that he had been “taken into custody despite being innocent of any wrongdoing.”
(With inputs from agencies)