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It was unnerving to hear Donald Trump talk on Friday morning in that strange, man-child manner about how he has four indictments already and, like, the totally greatest police mugshot of all time. The former president claimed to have more support than ever because he is, he says brazenly, ridiculously, fighting a battle against election interference. The excitement in his voice – he never knew much about mugshots until now, he said – demonstrated again that the former President is best understood as a product of the American fame machine.