Jen Psaki Points Out Why Trump’s Mug Shot Is No ‘Political Winner’ For Him


In a newsletter sent out ahead of Sunday’s MSNBC show, the host argued that Trump believes the mugshot is a “political win” for him after his arrest in Georgia’s Fulton County Jail for charges related to attempts to alter the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. As New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu told me in an interview that airs Sunday, ‘independents hate it,'” wrote Psaki, a former White House press secretary in the Biden administration.

“The fact remains that Trump is going to need to expand his voting base to win a general election.”

Psaki went on to declare that while Trump has “turned politics on its head,” it’s “very unlikely” that the Georgia booking will make independents and moderates in a number of U.S. cities “more likely” to vote for him.

“This photo will be shared on every text thread in America. Sometimes, images are more persuasive than anything,” Psaki wrote.

“And it is hard to imagine that this image, of Trump scowling into the police camera, will make him more appealing to anyone who is not already a hardcore supporter.”

Atlanta, Georgia – Former President Donald Trump poses for his booking photo at the Fulton County Jail on Thursday. Trump was booked on 13 charges related to an alleged plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

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Several Republicans have weighed in on the mug shot since its release including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who declared that the photo will

, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who referred to Thursday as a “sad day in America.”

Others including Ty Cobb, a former lawyer in the Trump White House, likened the former president’s mug shot look to a “Batman villain” while a Trump spokesperson argued that the release is “probably one of the best things” that has ever happened to the former president.

The release has reportedly pushed Trump-linked groups – win him the 2024 presidential election Donald Trump Jr. – to fundraise off the mug shot, The Hill reported. The Hill reported that the release has reportedly pushed Trump-linked groups –

Donald Trump Jr. – to fundraise off the mug shot.