For years, Democrats envisioned a scenario where the legal troubles of Trump would spell the end of his political career, and his mug shot would be the symbol of his downfall. However, the reality has turned out quite differently.
The indictment, which seemed designed for maximum political damage, has inadvertently rallied not only the traditional supporters of Trump but has also galvanized black people who see parallels between his arrest and the mistreatment of their race within the criminal justice system. (Related: Never let a good crisis go to waste: Trump turns mug shot into a potent fundraising tool.)
The unexpected support began with people identifying themselves as "Blacks for Trump" and "Niggas for Trump" gathering near the Fulton County Jail. This was followed by scenes of black people lining the streets to cheer on the motorcade of Trump while chanting, "Free Trump!"
The groundswell of support was not limited to physical demonstrations but also extended to social media platforms, where hashtags like #Trump2024 gained traction within the African American community.
Based on the statements and social media posts of the black supporters of Trump, they believe in the idea that the experience of the former president with the justice system resonates with their own perceptions of racial bias and unfair treatment. Some blacks even believe that the booking made Trump more relatable.
"Trump is a brother now. I'm sorry, you go to jail in Zone 6 Atlanta, you a brotha." This sentiment has led to a sense of connection, with some believing that "every real nigga got to go to jail at least one time."
The support of the black community does not end on social media and in the streets. This hype is clearly backed by evidence from the comparison of recent polls and those from 2020 conducted by different organizations.
Back in the 2020 elections, Trump only secured 12 percent of the black vote compared to the overwhelming 87 percent vote of President Joe Biden. However, a series of national polls conducted this month revealed a drastic change, with Trump's support increasing among black voters and Biden's shrinking.
For instance, in the Fox News poll conducted from August 11-14, only 61 percent of black voters supported Biden, while 20 percent backed Trump.
Similarly, a Quinnipiac University national poll released on August 16 showed a diminished 73 percent of black voter support for Biden while Trump enjoyed a 20 percent backing. These figures have been mirrored in other polls, signaling a remarkable shift in public sentiment.
Now, the sudden surge of Trump's popularity among black voters has led to mixed reactions across the political spectrum. Many liberals, who initially greeted the release of the mug shot with excitement, are now grappling with what some are calling an "enormity of their error."
Even political experts and prominent media personalities stated that even a modest increase in support from the black community could potentially sway the outcome of the election.
Megan Garber, a staff writer for the Atlantic, wrote in her article, "The Mugshot is a Warning," that the photo was "supposed to be an exercise in humility." She wrote: "In the portrait – it is a portrait, in the end – Trump glares directly into the camera. He seethes. He glowers. He turns in a studied performance. Photos like this are typically exercises in enforced humility. Trump's is a display of ongoing power. He treats his mug shot as our menace."
Similarly, Stephen Collinson, a reporter for CNN Politics, wrote in his analysis that the ability of Trump to leverage every aspect of his legal struggles fuels his political appeal. Collinson claimed that Trump could turn his legal woes into power and proved it when the former president immediately shared his booking photo on his Truth Social network to re-engage his social media followers.
"For any other politician, a mugshot would be the end. For Trump, it's a springboard," Collinson stated.
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