After President Donald Trump’s mug shot broke the internet last week, comedian Roseanne Barr gave a response that arguably most conservative women have been thinking.
Trump’s arrest photo, which was part of the booking procedures at Fulton County Jail, went viral on Thursday after Trump posted it on Twitter.
Meanwhile, left-wing news outlets accused Trump of turning the mug shot into “one more opportunity for brand building.”
“In the portrait—it is a portrait, in the end—Trump glares directly into the camera. He seethes. He glowers. He turns in a studied performance. Photos like this are typically exercises in enforced humility. Trump’s is a display of ongoing power. He treats his mug shot as our menace,” The Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber wrote.
However, Roseanne Barr responded more appropriately to Trump’s mug shot.
“Trump’s mugshot is so hot,” she wrote on social media.
The comment drew praise from many across social media.
According to Trump’s campaign, the mug shot was a fundraising gift.
Trump’s campaign has already raised $7.1 million since the photo was released.
The Trump campaign also sold merchandise with photos of the mugshot with the tagline “NEVER SURRENDER!”
Trump adviser Steven Cheung said, “Organic money has skyrocketed, especially after @realDonaldTrump tweeted out the picture along with the website URL.”
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said Trump’s mug shot was gasoline on the flames of America’s rage.
“For many Trump supporters, it is a moment of gratuitous insult of a president who is now being prosecuted in four different states just before an election where he is the leading Republican candidate. For the most extreme, it will be portrayed as a virtual declaration of war, proof that the establishment will use every means to prevent another 2016 populist victory,” he wrote in a commentary piece posted on Fox News.
“[T]he mugshot will be the rallying cry at both extremes in our political system,” he wrote, adding, “For that reason, I believe the mugshot was a mistake, an inflammatory moment wisely avoided in New York by another Democratic prosecutor. It is entirely unnecessary for the most recognized face in the United States …
“The fact, however, is that many on both sides relish the rage. I have previously said that the most unnerving fact of what I have called ‘the age of rage’ is that people secretly enjoy it. Rage is addictive. It allows people to say and do things that they would ordinarily avoid in public. It is a license to hate blindly and excuse all means to achieve an end,” Turkey wrote.