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It was immediately mocked.
Manafort, who was charged as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related matters, was moved to Alexandria, Virginia, just days after his lawyers argued that he was being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, hurting his ability to prepare a defense for himself.
The former campaign manager was held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail previously, according to Politico.
As part of the move to the jail in Virginia, his mugshot was released—resulting in many, many, many jokes from people online.
me at the beginning of 2018 vs. me halfway through pic.twitter.com/a8vPvaNIk5— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) July 12, 2018
Manafort mugshot party time! pic.twitter.com/kUsKj1KC2f— 🍸 DB McWeeberton 🤖 (@DBMcWeeberton) July 12, 2018
Half the bars in Queens have a photo uncannily similar to this on the wall with "Do Not Accept Personal Checks From" written underneath. https://t.co/nJQkoofNTk— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) July 12, 2018
strighten your toupee, paulie https://t.co/ofParDyouy— Mary L. Austin (@MLAustin418) July 12, 2018
He looks like he's slowly morphing into Steve Bannon https://t.co/H1r2fr38ej— Pashie Bee (@Sister_Bee) July 12, 2018
Hiring the very best. https://t.co/1pIiJE2dME— J.T. Krul (@jtkrul) July 12, 2018
Other people brought up the mugshot of Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who says she had an affair with Trump, who was arrested on Wednesday at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said that the arrest was “politically motivated.”
Of course, there were others who took the mugshot as a way to meme their way into defending Manafort.
The former Trump campaign chairman was charged with money laundering and other crimes late last year as part of Mueller’s probe.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).