Former President Donald Trump, who was recently booked into jail in Georgia, made a return to Twitter, now called X, thanks to Elon Musk. Trump utilized his mugshot as the first new tweet on the platform and used the opportunity to promote his 2024 presidential campaign. Previously banned from Twitter after his tweets were blamed for inciting the January 6th Capitol riot, Trump’s return to the site is seen as a momentous event, especially considering his previous disinterest in returning. As he faces legal battles and prepares for another presidential run, Trump is likely drawn to the platform as a powerful tool to share his side of the story with his supporters.
Trump’s followers wasted no time capitalizing on his mugshot, using it to rally support for the former President. Trump’s resumption on Twitter was met with excitement, with “HE’S BACK” trending on the site. Supporters, including Trump’s son Don Jr., treated the mugshot as a sign that he would soon be “coming for” the “Deep State.” Conservative voices have used Trump’s legal troubles as a way to galvanize his 2024 campaign, aligning with concerns expressed by liberal commentators. It seems that these predictions are coming true as Trump’s court proceedings continue to energize his base and amplify his political ambitions.