The mugshot of Donald Trump has animated conservative pundits, with some comparing him to late rapper Tupac Shakur. During an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton on her MSNBC show The Reid Out, Joy Reid indicated her displeasure with these takes.
As Revolt reported, Reid took exception to the idea that due to his arrest, Trump gained relatability from Black voters. Reid was responding to a segment on The Five, a Fox News segment. Host Jesse Watters claimed that Trump’s arrest amounted to a badge of honor, and contributor Raymond Arroyo stated that he heard a Black woman say Trump was “gangsta” as a result of his mug shot photo circulating.
“Well, it is part of the criminalization of Blacks,” Sharpton responded. “They see all Blacks as criminals, and they feel that we all will in a knee-jerk way go with criminals. No, we go with those that we feel are falsely being criminalized and tried and cannot defend themselves.”
According to the Huffington Post, Trump’s campaign is already using the ex-President’s mug shot in order to raise money for his campaign.
Mike Nellis, the founder of Authentic, a Democrat-focused digital marketing and fundraising agency told the outlet, “Both parties are going to use Trump’s mug shot to raise money,” Nellis explained. “It’s catnip for online donors, for both the left and the right. No doubt about it.”
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Source: Black Enterprise