US Politics

Mugshot scowl as Trump faces nemesis in Georgia

As the cogs turn on the most risky of the trials the former US president faces, the defiant response of the Maga faithful is increasingly at odds with a broader public disquiet about the prospect of a convicted felon as president

Former US president Donald Trump speaks to the media at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after surrendering at the Fulton County jail, Georgia. Picture: Getty

“It’s not a mugshot. It’s a rallying cry,” Maga firebrand Kari Lake noted in an email to reporters that was fired off within moments of one of the most sobering events in US history: the publication of a presidential mugshot.

Moments after the image was made public, the Trump campaign digitally superimposed it onto a range of merchandise – from T-shirts to mugs to bumper stickers – with NEVER SURRENDER emblazoned beneath. For months now, ...