Donald Trump Thinks His Mugshot Has Quadrupled His Black Support

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In this handout provided by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, former President Donald Trump poses for his booking photo at the Fulton County Jail on August 24, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Trump was booked on 13 charges related to an alleged plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Trump and 18 others facing felony charges. | Source: Handout / Getty White conservatives are exhausting. They’re manipulative, exploitative, hypocritical, all-consuming, and dangerously delusional. White conservatives turned “woke”—a term derived from Black vernacular—and weaponized it against Black people. White conservatives spend a lot of time denigrating Blackness and then scouring the sunken place for Black people who will publicly cosign white nationalism in order to present the false image of Black support. Case in point: Last month, we reported that conservatives were pushing the narrative that Donald Trump’s mugshot would draw more Black voters because Black people love criminality, revere mugshots and identify with Trump because we too understand what it’s like to be treated unfairly by the criminal justice system. It’s the racist stereotyping that should bother me the most. But that’s just garden-variety white racism. It’s nothing new. What really gets under my skin is...