MSNBC’s Jen Psaki said it was “hard to imagine” that former President Donald Trump’s mug shot would make him “more attractive” ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
The host, in a newsletter Speaking ahead of Sunday’s episode of her MSNBC show, Trump argued that Trump believes the mugshot was a “political gain” for him after he was arrested in Georgia’s Fulton County Jail on charges related to attempts to alter the results of the state’s 2020 presidential election became.
“He thinks this is a political winner for him. But as New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu told me in an interview that aired Sunday, “independents hate it,” wrote Psaki, a former White House press secretary in the Biden administration.
“The fact remains that Trump must expand his electoral base in order to win a general election.”
Psaki went on to explain that while Trump has “turned politics on its head,” it is “very unlikely” that the Georgia booking will increase the likelihood of independents and moderates voting for him in a number of U.S. cities.
“This photo is being shared on every text thread in America. Sometimes images are more convincing than anything else,” Psaki wrote.
“And it’s hard to imagine that this image of Trump scowling at the police cam will make him more attractive to anyone who isn’t already a hardcore supporter.”
Several Republicans have commented on the mugshot since it was released, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who stated the photo will do so Win him the 2024 presidential electionand former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who described Thursday as “sad day in America.”
Others, including Ty Cobb, a former Trump White House attorney, likened the former president’s mugshot look to a “Batman villain‘ while a Trump spokesman argued that the publication ‘probably one of the best things“That ever happened to the former president.”
The publication has reportedly upset Trump-affiliated groups – and the former president’s son Donald Trump Jr. – to raise funds outside of the mugshot, The Hill reported. The former president has raised over $7 million since his incarceration in Georgia prison. the Trump campaign told the outlet Saturday.