Trump Joins Ranks of Unjustly Accused Civil Rights Heroes Immortalized in Mug Shots

Former (and future) POTUS makes history again

(Fulton County Sheriff's Office)
August 25, 2023

What happened: Donald J. Trump made history on Thursday, becoming the first U.S. president to pose for a mug shot.

• The 6' 3", 215-pound entrepreneur turned himself in to state authorities in Georgia, where he faces more than a dozen felony charges for allegedly challenging the results of a "rigged" election.

• "What has taken place is a travesty of justice," Trump told reporters afterward. "I did nothing wrong, and everyone knows it."

What it means: Everything about Trump's mug shot was iconic. The former (and likely future) president joins the esteemed ranks of civil rights activists and other American heroes who appeared in mug shots after being ruthlessly victimized by the U.S. justice system.

Where they rank: Here are the eight most iconic mug shots of unjustly accused American heroes, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

8) Frank Sinatra

Year: 1938

Crime: Seduction, adultery

7) Lenny Bruce

Year: 1961

Crime: Obscenity


6) George Carlin

Year: 1972

Crime: Obscenity

5) John Lewis

Year: 1961

Crime: Disorderly conduct (for using a "white" bathroom)

4) Martin Luther King Jr.

Year: 1963

Crime: Parading without a permit

3) Rosa Parks 

Year: 1955

Crime: Disorderly conduct (for violating racial segregation laws)

2) Jesus Christ

Year: 33

Crime: Blasphemy

1) Donald J. Trump

Year: 2023

Crime: Challenging a rigged election