'Next-Level': Trump's First Post Back To Twitter Gets Over 210 MILLION Views In 24 Hours

On Thursday evening, leading Republican presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump returned to X, formerly Twitter, in his first post since being suspended following the events of January 6, 2021. The post, which has gone viral, is a picture of Trump's mugshot along with with the caption, "ELECTION INTERFERENCE NEVER SURRENDER! DONALDJTRUMP.COM".

As of 8:38 PM on Friday evening, Trump's mugshot surpassed 210 million views after it had been posted for a full day. As of this report, Trump's mugshot has 211.3 million views, over 331,100 reposts, 93,700 quote tweets, 1.4 million likes, and 39,300 bookmarks.

"Approximately 10 million views per hour of this image," X CEO Elon Musk remarked about the post.

"Next-level," Musk added along with a repost.

The mugshot's historic nature has already been noted by many outlets. CNN called the photograph "iconic and infamous" and The Associated Press described it as "an enduring image that will appear in history books long after Donald Trump is gone."

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., defined the image as “the most iconic photo in the history of US politics."

The image has already become a rallying cry for many with Trump supporters purchasing merchandise with the iconic photo ablazed across shirts, hats, mugs, and more. Trump's return to X after nearly two years to post the mugshot shows his marketing genius and will make a lasting impression on millions of Americans.

Following the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, the billionaire unsuspended President Trump's account, however, up until Thursday the president refused to use his account and instead used Truth Social.

Trump's return to Twitter, now X, has been long awaited and rumors circulated for months predicting that he would return to the platform in order to reach the tens of millions of Americans that use the social media network. In addition to being reinstated on Twitter earlier this year, Trump was also unsuspended on Facebook and Instagram.

As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Trump’s Instagram account was reinstated in early February after Meta unbanned his accounts after two years following the events of January 6th, 2021.

At the time of the initial ban, Meta released a press release giving the public an explanation of the company’s reasoning after it removed the 45th president on January 7, 2021. 

The company set a two-year hiatus until an oversight board could assess whether or not the former president should be allowed back on the platforms to reach his hundreds of millions of followers. 

Trump's return to Facebook, Instagram, and now Twitter will prove to be a boon for his campaign and his popularity as the indictments ramp up. His choice to post his mugshot as his first post back to the platform reenforces the historic nature of the (mug)shot that will be heard around the world.

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