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Former President Donald Trump’s ‘mugshot heard ’round the world’ has set off a firestorm of support that extends beyond the traditional Republican Party voter base and has led to a fundraising haul in the millions of dollars.
Karoline Leavitt, a spokeswoman for the MAGA Inc. PAC, told Breitbart News over the weekend that the mugshot taken and released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department after Trump was arrested and booked on Thursday over “racketeering” charges related to the 2020 election, has “rallied the American people across the political spectrum.”
“You could absolutely see the defiance in President Trump’s eyes and in his face in that mug shot, and it really has rallied the American people across the political spectrum now,” Leavitt told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle on SiriusXM.
We are now seeing a seismic shift in disapproval for Joe Biden and support for President Trump. There was a new poll released yesterday that shows Donald Trump dominating Joe Biden in the general election,” Leavitt added.
“And there’s been a bunch of polls that show the same thing. And I think that the Democrats have overplayed their hands with all of these witch hunts and indictments of Donald Trump,” she added.
She went on to point out the support that Trump received as his motorcade transited some poorer neighborhoods in Atlanta on his way to be arrested.
“You saw he was driving through urban Atlanta. African Americans lining the streets yelling, ‘Free Trump,’ as his motorcade passed by. People are realizing that this is a political persecution,” Leavitt said. “This is an unfair abuse of our justice system against someone who made the lives of people of people in Atlanta, people in New York City, people in West Virginia, in every state and community across this country better.”
She then said Trump is the “only one who will take a sledgehammer to the deep state and demand justice and accountability to right these wrongs.”
“And so while you saw all those candidates at the debate the other night bickering over issues like the economy, and energy, and the border, which are all incredibly important, we already have a guy who’s delivered on every single one of those issues. And they failed to talk about the greatest issue our nation is currently facing, which is political lawfare against the leading opponent in the next election, and also against millions of hardworking, good, good-hearted Americans who support him,” she said.
“Donald Trump is the only one who can fix the issues that the American people are facing. And he’s also the only one who will take a sledgehammer to the deep state and demand justice and accountability to right these wrongs,” Leavitt added.
Donald Trump raised $7.1 million after his Georgia mugshot pic.twitter.com/OksvpVdg96
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) August 27, 2023
Meanwhile, the mugshot appears to have backfired tremendously against Democrats while also serving as a boon to his campaign.
In the 24-hour period after the mugshot was released late Thursday, Trump’s campaign raked in more than $7.1 million, according to Breitbart News.
“If you are doing poorly due to the sinister people in control of our country right now, don’t even think about donating,” Trump’s webpage read. “But 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.”
In addition, the campaign began selling Trump merch with “NEVER SURRENDER!” on it — which he wrote on the X platform, formerly Twitter, with his mugshot hours after its release.
“BREAKING: Close to $20m raised in the last 3 weeks, coinciding with indictment in DC and the Atlanta mugshot. $7.1m since Thursday (Atlanta mugshot). $4.18m yesterday (Friday) alone, the highest grossing day of the entire campaign. Organic money has skyrocketed, especially after @realDonaldTrump tweeted out the picture along with the website URL,” former Trump White House official Steven Cheung tweeted.