Former US president Donald Trump surrendered at the jail in Atlanta before being bailed out for $200,000, and the Trump mugshot memes have begun to flood the internet.
Following the mugshot, former President Trump has broken his Twitter silence of over two years, reemerging on the platform now known as X. The platform’s landscape has shifted significantly under the influence of Elon Musk, who has brought his own brand of chaos to the digital realm.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2023
Recap of the arrest and the best Trump mugshot memes
Trump’s tweet, his first since January 8, 2021, came as he found himself booked into an Atlanta jail on Thursday, facing a staggering 13 felony charges connected to his alleged interference in Georgia’s elections. This unexpected move, coupled with his historic mugshot going public, created a ripple effect across social media that’s still being felt.
In his tweet, the former president urged his colossal following of over 86 million on X to visit his WinRed fundraising page. The tweet accompanied a message that read, “Today, at the notoriously intense Fulton County jail in Georgia, I was ARRESTED despite having committed NO CRIME… If you can, please make a contribution to evict Crooked Joe Biden from the White House and SAVE AMERICA during this dark chapter in our nation’s history.”
The online realm has been inundated with Trump mugshot memes, since the following reports of his planned surrender. The backdrop to this viral trend lies in the charges connected to the alleged election rigging in Georgia during 2020, which were formally brought against Trump and 18 other individuals on August 14, 2023.
Trump found himself facing a grand total of 13 charges, the culmination of an extensive investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, a probe that spanned over two years. This prolonged inquiry was reported by the Washington Post, shedding light on the intricate legal proceedings surrounding the case.
Earlier this year, Trump managed to evade the glare of mug shots despite facing an indictment over purported hush money transactions involving an adult film star. These payments were orchestrated to maintain silence about an affair that took place during the 2016 presidential election.
This particular indictment carried significant historical weight as it marked a first in Trump’s record. He became the inaugural U.S. president, whether in office or post-term, to be apprehended on criminal charges.
Prior to the release of the official mug shot, various manipulated images mimicking mug shots had already gained traction on X, the platform previously known as Twitter. This playful trend showcased the internet’s knack for humor even in the face of serious legal matters. Let’s take a look at the best ones of the many Trump mugshot memes.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 25, 2023
It is really a remarkable moment.
— Bobreddit889 (@bobreddit889) August 24, 2023
Many of us were indeed like this last night.
— meh° (@ImMehulOkk) August 24, 2023
It’s hard to imagine the real tension in the police station during the photoshoot.
— Michael Kentrell Brown 💜ﾒ𝟶 (@breezybetter07) August 24, 2023
As with any other topic, the internet will continue for a while longer to linger on the subject and move on, but Trump still faces serious charges and needs to deliver some good juridical defense to get out of this one. Whenever there is an update, you can check us out to keep up with the matter.
Meanwhile, check out how Elon Musk was fined for not handing in Trump’s documents previously while reopening his account.
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