Ross: I’m actually impressed with Trump’s mug shot

Aug 28, 2023, 8:09 AM | Updated: 11:00 am

trump georgia...

Former President Donald Trump. (Photo courtesy of Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo courtesy of Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

I have to admit the Trump mug shot impressed me.

Actually, I feel like it’s following me. It’s the face of Uncle Sam on the “I Want You” poster.

More from Dave Ross: Is Vivek Ramaswamy Trumpier than Trump himself?

It’s how Superman’s face looks when he turns on his X-ray vision. It’s a face that tells witnesses, “I know where you live.” It’s a face that tells rival candidates, “Don’t waste your time.”

But above all, it’s a middle finger aimed at the FBI, the IRS, the Justice Department, and any government authority. “You have no power here” is what it says.

He wears each indictment like a Purple Heart.

And his supporters love it. But they’re not alone. I have to believe that every white-collar criminal in America, whether Democrat or Republican, is rooting for him. They, too, hate the FBI and the IRS.

They, too, believe that their white-collar crimes are all about free speech. That they were just pushing boundaries. Thinking outside the box. And always abiding by the law, or at least the law as interpreted by lawyers who were paid to make it sound legal.

The mug shot is the mascot for creative accountants, tax cheats, fraud artists, and anybody whose recipe for success is to bend the rules and then blame your legal advisors if you get caught.

Anyway, the polls are clear, and the decision’s been made, so let’s just get on with the convention so that Trump can announce his Vice President.

I predict it will be Hunter Biden.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave's Commentary

KIRO Newsradio Opinion

FILE - The company logo shines off the hood of a 2021 K5 sedan on display in the Kia exhibit at the...

Micki Gamez

Gamez: What to know after recall issued for Kia, Hyundai vehicles over fires

Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles in the U.S. and telling owners to park them outside due to the risk of engine compartment fires.

4 hours ago

girls phones teach...

Colleen O'Brien

Colleen: Young girls and phones and the patterns we teach

I spoke to New York Times reporter Jessica Bennett, who studied 13-year-old girls for a year, to learn more about their relationship with phones

11 hours ago


Ursula Reutin

Ursula: Does grammar still matter? Not according to UW

Jake Harper found that the University of Washington's Informatics department doesn't grade on grammar in students' applications.

13 hours ago

republican debate...

Dave Ross

Ross: The highs and lows of the second 2024 Republican debate

As you’ve heard by now, there was considerable chaos during last night’s debate, including an argument between Tim Scott and Nikki Haley over the expensive curtains in her office.

1 day ago


MyNorthwest Video

Video: Gee goes off on kids who don’t call or text their parents back

Gee goes off on kids not texting their parents back! We’ve also heard of some new phone etiquette rules, which are: 1) Text before you call 2) Don’t bother with voicemail, just send a text 3) Don’t get upset if someone doesn’t pick up your call. 4) Facts are for texts, emotions are for calls. […]

2 days ago


MyNorthwest Video

Video: Why are electric scooters being banned from Tacoma and is Seattle next?

Tacoma will be banning electric rental scooters, will this come to Seattle next? How do we feel about electric scooters?

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Ross: I’m actually impressed with Trump’s mug shot