The iconic mug shot of Donald Trump, taken after his motorcade drove into the Fulton County Jail, represents a stark contrast to his trademark bravado.
The image, taken after his surrender in Georgia, bores into the viewer’s eyes and serves as a reminder that Trump is beholden to a process where he cannot control his own fate.
Trump denies all wrongdoing and is innocent until proven guilty in all cases, including racketeering accusations related to his bid to overturn the 2020 election. The photograph represents the inevitable culmination of a life that has stretched and buckled the constraints around the presidency and frequently strained the law.
Trump was arrested at Fulton County Jail on felony charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia. He arrived in a presidential-style motorcade and was fingerprinted and photographed for a mug shot.
Trump, who had won 2016 in Georgia, claimed the election results could not be trusted, leading to Republican control of the U.S. Senate in a runoff election. The arrest was his fourth since April and the first time he or any former U.S. president had his mug shot taken.