WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign said Sunday that it has raised US$7.1 million since the Republican billionaire’s mugshot was released after he was booked on racketeering and conspiracy charges at a Georgia jail this week.
The campaign had quickly embraced the scowling image of the former president — the first mugshot of a serving or former US leader — as the symbol of his bid to take back the White House in 2024.
“Close to US$20m raised in the last three weeks, coinciding with the DC indictment and Atlanta mugshot,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung confirmed to AFP on Sunday.
He continued: “US$7.1 million since Thursday (Atlanta mugshot). US$4.18 million yesterday alone, the highest grossing day of the entire campaign.”
“Organic money has skyrocketed, especially after President Trump tweeted out the picture along with the website.”
AFP could not independently verify the claims.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Cheung urged US media to “Please continue to show it,” and included what he said was a high-resolution version of the image.
T-shirts, mugs, stickers and beverage coolers bearing the mugshot — arguably now the most famous in US history — were put out by Trump’s team within hours of the photo’s release.
Notably absent from the merchandise is the local sheriff’s badge watermark that appeared in the image released by authorities.
While such a photo would surely sink any other political candidate, for 77-year-old Trump it plays into his narrative of a defiant, heroic victim.
Marketing experts have even likened it to the “Hope” poster from Barack Obama’s successful 2008 presidential campaign.
Democrats have also used it, however, suggesting that it shows no one is above the law.
As for Biden, he shrugged it off in comments to reporters on Friday, quipping: “I did see it on television. Handsome guy.”