Observer uses AI to imagine what it might look like if police do take Trump down trends now
As cops in New York City and Washington DC are preparing for possible unrest in the event of Donald Trump being indicted over allegations he paid hush money to a porn star startling new images have emerged appearing to show the former president being arrested.
However, the shocking scenes Trump being tackled to the ground by police officers, are not real but have in fact been created using AI technology by Bellingcat journalist Eliot Higgins.
Some of the fake images show Trump being chased down the street by police officers while his wife Melania screams. Others show the former President in jail wearing an orange jumpsuit.
The sequence shows Trump being arrested, on trial in an orange jumpsuit, and have been created using Midjourney v5 artificial intelligence image generators. The images since gone viral on Twitter with many users saying they thought the pictures were real at first.
'Legit thought these were real,' one person tweeted, while another said: 'We should really be putting watermarks on these that disclose they are AI-generated and not real.'
As cops in New York City and Washington DC prepare for possible unrest in the event of Donald Trump being indicted over allegations he paid hush money to a porn star, images have emerged appearing to show the former president being arrested
But in reality, the images, which show Trump being tackled to the ground by police officers, have been created by Bellingcat journalist Eliot Higgins using AI technology
Some of the fake images show Trump being chased down the street by police officers while his wife Melania screams
It comes after Trump claimed without evidence that he was going to be arrested today and called on his supporters to 'protest, protest, protest' in response to a possible indictment over the former president's alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Amid fears of protests and unrest, police officers are out in full force in New York City - where a grand jury is deliberating over the hush money allegations - and in Washington DC, a city mindful of the riot by Trump loyalists at the Capitol building two years ago.
Trump has declared himself the victim of a 'Stormy ''Horse Face'' Daniels extortion plot', saying he's being targeted by a series of 'horrible radical left Democrat' investigations.
Trump said on Truth Social last night: 'They are not coming after me - they are coming after you. I'm just standing in their way. And I always will stand in their way.'
Many lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle have said no one wants a repeat of Jan. 6 – with Republicans claiming they don't expect the demonstrations to turn violent, but warned instead of a 'political circus' surrounding any potential indictment.Trump's arrest is believed to be imminent because he was offered the chance this week to speak to the grand jury about the $130,000 payments, made just before the election, but declined to testify.
The former president's lawyers enlisted Robert Costello, a lawyer with close ties to numerous key Trump aides including Michael Cohen, to testify against Cohen.