John Bolton, a former national security official for President Trump and a frequent Trump critic, was interviewed by CNN on Thursday to give his thoughts concerning Trump’s indictments and the now-iconic mug shot. During that interview, Bolton admitted, “I think the evidence is that the indictments have proven the law of diminishing margin of utility. If anything, they’re not undercutting his support. They’re building it up.” Trump, Bolton maintained, will use this Georgia indictment and the mug shot to his own political advantage “in the same way he’s used the other three indictments” to do so.
The full interview with Bolton can be watched here:
Bolton was far from flattering toward his former boss and said of the mug shot that, “I thought it was carefully staged. They must have thought about what look they wanted. He could have smiled. He could have looked benign. Instead, he looks like a thug. I think it’s intended to be a sign of intimidation against the prosecutors and judges. That’s what they picked, and we’ll see that picture everywhere.”
Bolton during the course of the interview also stated that if one of the defendants, Ken Chesebro, is “acquitted or gets a hung jury” pending their early trial date, then in his view, “I think that this going to have an unbelievable political effect…it vindicates Trump’s narrative.” Bolton also revealed that he thought it “highly likely that it [the trial of Trump and other co-defendants] will be removed [to federal court]” should Trump’s legal team pursue that path.
Mr. Trump has already worked to popularize his mug shot taken at a Fulton County jailhouse that is notorious for its bad conditions. The former president famously posted it on his X (Twitter account).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2023
This was his first tweet since January 8th 2021. Other X users took note. Robert Barnes posted this ” Wanted For President” meme in response.
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) August 25, 2023
Marc Lobliner wrote, “The crazy thing is I actually sense this as well and I try to avoid politics. People who have never even considered voting before will back Trump. I know because I have spoken to many since I travel extensively. The plan backfired.”
The crazy thing is I actually sense this as well and I try to avoid politics.
People who have never even considered voting before will back Trump. I know because I have spoken to many since I travel extensively.
The plan backfired. https://t.co/H4E2p24Ehx
— Marc Lobliner – IFBB Pro (@MarcLobliner) August 25, 2023
The founder of Project Veritas and O’Keefe Media Group, James O’Keefe, an anti-corruption investigative journalist, commented, “The cost of telling the truth in a system fueled by lies.” In solidarity with Trump, O’Keefe posted his own mug shot and quoted the civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
The cost of telling the truth in a system fueled by lies.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 25, 2023
Mr. Barnes also compared the mug shot to Martin Luther King Junior’s own mug shot. He wrote, “Last time corrupt southern politicians took a mug shot of their political opponent.”
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) August 24, 2023
Richard Baris, a pollster, observed, “Martin Luther King Jr. was grossly unpopular nationally, more so than Trump poll-depending if you know how to translate the old Gallup number system into the VERY FAV to VERY UNFAV scale. That is, until he was arrested and his supporters beaten by a corrupt system.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was grossly unpopular nationally, more so than Trump poll-depending if you know how to translate the old Gallup number system into the VERY FAV to VERY UNFAV scale.
That is, until he was arrested and his supporters beaten by a corrupt system. https://t.co/AtrTpdKeKp
— Rich Baris "The People's Pundit" (@Peoples_Pundit) August 25, 2023