The former U.S. President Donald Trump has garnered a staggering $20 million over three weeks, coinciding closely with his indictment on election fraud claims in 2020.
As announced by Steven Cheung, the spokesman for Trump’s campaign, on the recently rebranded platform X (formerly Twitter), a notable portion of these funds, totalling $7.1 million, was amassed after Trump made an appearance for his mug shot in Atlanta, Georgia, concerning a racketeering and fraud case.
Single-day contributions peaked on Friday, with the campaign recording a monumental $4.18 million inflow, marking it as the most lucrative day for Trump’s campaign, as per Cheung.
The Mug Shot: A Tale of Trump’s Arrest
Following the release of Trump’s mug shot by a Georgia courthouse—a snapshot depicting the former president in a red tie, his signature hairdo, and a distinct icy stare—merchandise like T-shirts, mugs, posters, shot glasses, and bobblehead dolls began to flood the market. This photograph, which quickly gained traction, was taken when Trump was arrested on multiple felony charges. These charges are an offshoot of the allegations around his attempts to contest the legitimacy of the 2020 election results.
Despite losing to Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, Trump is again in the fray, vying for the Republican Party’s nomination for the forthcoming presidential term.
Currently, Trump is grappling with four indictments. Two of these pertain to his unsubstantiated claims about the “stolen” election and the infamous January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. Trump has consistently refuted all these charges.
Further intensifying his legal challenges, on August 15, a Georgia grand jury indicted Trump following an inquiry by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis into his endeavours to challenge his 2020 electoral defeat in Georgia.
On August 3, he entered a plea of not guilty in the federal court in Washington. This was in response to charges presented by Special Counsel Jack Smith, alleging Trump’s conspiracy to deceive the United States. The charges imply Trump obstructed Congress from ratifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, thus compromising voters’ rights.
Moreover, Trump faces accusations of illegally retaining classified documents post his presidential tenure. Another case from New York alleges that he manipulated business records related to payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 elections. Trump has dismissed these allegations as well.
With additional news input from Reuters