A step closer to the White House or the glasshouse

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After building an impressive portfolio of indictments over recent months, on Thursday, Donald Trump finally submitted himself to Fulton Jail in Atlanta, where, in accordance with the charges he faces of attempting to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia (and let’s not forget the small matter of a racketeering charge), for the first time in history, a former US president had his mugshot taken.

And what an iconic image it is, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.

Because rather than being a symbol of how far the mighty has fallen, this one historic photograph is, and was always going to be, a Trump publicity shot for his ongoing 2024 presidential campaign.

Not for him the dishevelled, fear-ridden Vidkun Quisling look, oh no. The hours it must have taken practising in front of the bedroom mirror at Mar a Lago to get that scowl just right – part contempt, part steely resolve to present the right image to his followers (and if there’s one thing we know really matters to Trump it’s his image) of a man fighting a political plot to silence him.

He hijacked every aspect of a criminal procedure, even down to the size of his motorcade that drew up outside the jail, in a bid to turn it all to his advantage.

And it worked, because in just three days after the image was released and widely circulated the Trump campaign raised another $7.1m through using it on merchandising to go towards his bid for the Republican nomination, of which he is already the clear runaway favourite.

It’s the sort of crass stunt he would have fired some clown for on The American Apprentice.

But for the Trump circus it’s ideal and his only regret is probably that he can’t register the photo as a trademark.

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Strange how the private plane carrying mercenary leader Yevgeny Progozhin and some of the most senior figures in the Wagner group should lose its tail in mid air and plummet to the ground. What bad luck. And so soon after that mutiny unpleasantness with Putin too.

Even if the organisation is more hydra than snake, four of its heads were chopped off last Wednesday and so thoughts of revenge may not be top of the list of things to do, although the Vlad was very quick to announce that all Wagner fighters must swear their allegiance to Russia (he means to him, of course).

In case the CIA start getting ideas, it’s probably worth the maintenance crew giving Trump One an extra check up around the back end just in case.

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Imagine if someone from the FA had tried to plant a big sloppy kiss on the mouth of one of our Lionesses.

They wouldn’t have made it off the podium, let alone as far as the exit.

All Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales had to do is publicly apologise to Jenni Hermoso for his actions, saying the moment had got the better of him and he deeply regretted it.

Instead, seemingly with the federation’s complicity, the team’s massive achievement has been completely overshadowed and what was set to be a defining moment for woman’ football in Spain has left it in complete disarray.

Stupid TV quiz answers of the week

The Chase

Q: In 1962, John Glenn became the first person to eat a meal where?

A: McDonalds?

Q: What is the motto of the SAS?

A: Be prepared

Q: What is the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen doing?

A: Standing

Tipping Point:

Q: Which world leader is the co-author of the 2003 book ‘Judo: Hitory, Theory, Practice”?

A: Nelson Mandela

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