The Mug Shot Heard Around the World
On August 24, Donald Trump was booked at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, fingerprinted and photographed like a common criminal. He had been indicted on accusations of leading a “criminal racketeering enterprise” to “knowingly and willfully” change the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. He is the first president in history to be subjected to taking a “mug shot.”
On April 19, 1775, someone fired a shot near Old North Bridge in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was a standoff between American colonial minutemen and British regulars, and no one knows who fired that shot but everyone knows what happened next. The Revolutionary War broke out, leading to the birth of the most powerful nation in world history. Ralph Waldo Emerson memorialized that as “the shot heard ’round the world,” and people are calling the iconic photograph of President Trump, and everything it represents, the “mugshot heard ’round the world.’”
The booking photo immediately went viral across the Internet and on television media. People say more people have seen it than saw the 1969 moon landing. News outlets published obsessively detailed articles about the image that read more like high school creative writing essays than serious journalism. Media moguls did everything in their power to spread a context for the photo that insisted Trump was a criminal for daring to question the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the leftist media and “deep state” have a much more far-reaching strategy than that.
The 98-page indictment of President Trump—the fourth indictment against him, so far—lists 13 counts related to alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her allies hope that at least some of these counts stick because Article 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution bars anyone guilty of insurrection against the U.S. government from holding public office. The leftists’ goal is to prevent Trump’s reelection by any means possible.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley recently called efforts to keep Trump off the ballot using this amendment the “single most dangerous constitutional theory” he had seen in decades. There is no legitimate evidence that President Trump is guilty of insurrection or sedition against the legitimate government of the United States. People are committing treasonous acts against the legitimate government of the United States, and he is the one who was and is trying to find out how—and who.
Arresting President Trump (again) and publicizing his mug shot is a clear-cut attempt to convict him for a crime he did not commit (2020 election interference)—and to use that conviction to interfere in the 2024 election.
If opposition candidates can be barred from office for questioning the legitimacy of an election, America is no longer a constitutional republic. It is a technocracy run by political, media, tech and financial elites.
The “shot heard around the world” started a war over government. The “mug shot heard around the world” may start another war. The Trump indictments are not really about Donald Trump. They are about the continued existence of the American republic.
These indictments are giving us a hard look at what radical leftists are willing to do to seize power.
Yet Donald Trump is not backing down. Hours after he was arrested and booked for alleged election interference, he returned to the social media platform formerly known as Twitter (now renamed X). His posts on that social media platform helped him win the presidency in 2016, but when the 2020 election was stolen and the last hope for challenging it died with the Jan, 6, 2021, protest, Michelle Obama called for “permanently banning this man.” He posted the next day that he would not attend the inauguration of Joe Biden, and was banned. Even after his account was reinstated, he hadn’t posted on Twitter in 2½ years—until now.
Trump has raised more than $7 million in less than a week just by selling mug shot merchandise with the line “Never surrender!” The Make America Great Again movement is buying up this merchandise like hot cakes as a way to show they are not fooled or intimidated by Barack Obama, Merrick Garland, Jack Smith and the radical left. Like the minutemen who fought at Lexington and Concord, they know the “mug shot” heard ’round the world is a call to battle.
In his article “What Will Happen After Trump Regains Power,” my father, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, explained that Trump was the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. He is not guilty of insurrection against the United States; he is trying to expose those who are guilty of stealing an election. The Bible prophesies Trump’s return to power, yet as my father wrote in his article, he “will have to fight for it. It doesn’t have to be military action, but it certainly could. President Trump could also lead some states to secede from the union.”
These shocking forecasts are based on Bible prophecy. My father explains that Trump is a type of King Jeroboam ii in 2 Kings 14:26-28, which state: “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash. Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?”
These verses mean President Trump will have to fight to recover the office stolen from him. His reaction to becoming the first president in U.S. history with a mug shot shows he has the fighting spirit God needs from him to fulfill this prophecy. Future history books may reference the “mug shot heard around the world” as a turning point!
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