I wish they made Donald Trump take a mugshot

Michael Arceneaux
4 min readApr 4

Maybe the next indictment?

Photo: @mkraju/Twitter

Days before Donald Trump turned himself in, we were told that there would be no mug shot taken of the former president.

It seems New York State law only requires anyone charged with a felony to be fingerprinted, but as the New York Times confirmed with local officials, “law enforcement officials have discretion over whether they take a mugshot.”

They opted not to. Their logic is sound. Mugshots are meant to help identify fugitives. We know who that goofy fuck is.

And where is he going to go when by law, the Secret Service has to always be with him?

The paper also confirmed that the facility does not have the equipment necessary to take Trump’s mugshot.

Another bummer: there was a recently enacted New York law that effectively banned the release of most booking photos.

I would like to believe the photo would have leaked so I don’t respect the quitter attitude here.

Before this bad news came word that Trump wouldn’t be placed in handcuffs either.

And wasn’t their reporting that Trump turned down the original turn in date of last Friday?

I don’t take for granted how it’s a shock that Trump was arrested for anything.

Following Trump’s arraignment, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg said at a press conference: “The participants’ scheme was illegal. The scheme violated New York election law, which makes it a crime to conspire to promote a candidacy by unlawful means.”

This moment has made so many people happy so I want us to savor how pitiful and miserable he looked in that courtroom.

It’s a shame we were not allowed to watch him silently rage in real time on TV.

I don’t expect much in the way of real consequence.

After looking through the indictment and then turning to people with much better legal knowledge than me, I see that while each of the 34 felony counts comes with a potential four year sentence for each count, in all likelihood, even if Trump were convicted on all counts, it is unlikely he would go to prison.

Michael Arceneaux

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”