President Donald Trump has long been a figure who knows how to turn the tables on unfavorable odds, and he’s done it again. Following his booking in Atlanta in the fourth case brought against him by Democratic prosecutors this year, Trump didn’t just sit back. He transformed his Fulton County mugshot into a fundraising phenomenon.
In just the first day after the release of the immediately iconic image, Trump’s campaign coffers swelled by $4.18 million, making it the most lucrative 24-hour period in his 2024 campaign’s history.
Trump has raised a whopping $7.1 million since his mugshot was released by the Fulton County jail.
Imagine thinking you finally humiliated Trump and then he immediately raises $7M.
The massive fundraising haul was fueled by mugshot merchandise.
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— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) August 27, 2023
What’s particularly astonishing about this fundraising feat is that it’s not an isolated spike. Over the past three weeks, including the establishment’s strongest shots against the 45th president, Trump’s campaign has amassed nearly $20 million in new donations. Of that amount, $7.1 million has come in since the mugshot was taken, according to statements made to Fox News by the Trump campaign.
While some critics dismiss this fundraising powerhouse as pandering to his established base, the reality may be far more strategic. The sudden influx of “organic money” after the mugshot went viral and Trump’s reactivation of his account on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, signifies a potential for Trump to significantly expand his support base.
Why? Because the image and the circumstances surrounding it spotlight what many see as the blatant politicization of the Department of Justice and the federal government under the Biden administration. Ordinary Americans, even those not traditionally in Trump’s corner, are beginning to question the narrative. The mugshot isn’t just a photo; for many, it embodies the hypocrisy of a Democratic Party that appears more focused on taking down Trump than tackling the pressing issues America faces today.
Fundraising merchandise, emboldened with the defiant slogan “NEVER SURRENDER,” is not merely about Trump; it’s a resonating echo of growing public frustration. It taps into a deeper current of skepticism about the fairness of our governmental institutions and acts as a rallying cry for those who feel disenfranchised by a biased system.
Trump’s first post on X since his more than two-year hiatus was a direct invitation to support him in “this dark chapter in our nation’s history.” This rallying call has turned his indictments, particularly the latest one, which included the mugshot, into a powerful tool for fundraising and energizing his base.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2023
Even non-political entities like Barstool Sports are capitalizing on the Trump mugshot craze. It’s not just about fandom or political affiliation; it’s about the sentiment that the image encapsulates—a defiant stand against what is perceived as targeted political harassment.
The combination of Trump’s unapologetic demeanor, his rallying cry of never surrendering, and the larger perception of governmental overreach creates a ripe environment for Trump to attract new supporters to his campaign.
So, while legal battles loom ahead, the fundraising surge shows Trump’s political engine is far from stalled. His mugshot may well be remembered not as a low point but as the moment when he fired up his base and welcomed new ranks of supporters who have grown weary of one-sided political games.