A panel on ABC News, led by host and former Clinton White House spokesman George Stephanopoulos, discussed the “surprising” public reaction to the mugshot of former President Donald Trump following his recent arrest and booking into the Fulton County, Ga., jail.

On the Sunday edition of “This Week,” Stephanopoulos and the panel addressed a Wall Street Journal survey that indicates Trump and President Joe Biden are tied in terms of support, with both receiving 46 percent.

“It is kind of shocking in a way that despite all of the baggage that Donald Trump carries, he’s tied with Joe Biden right now,” Stephanopoulos said.

Donna Brazile, former head of the Democratic National Committee, admitted that the survey’s results were alarming for her party.

“When I looked at that recent poll, the Wall Street Journal, I said, ‘This could keep me up at night,’” she added, per Mediaite.

The same survey found that Trump has extended what was already a wide lead over the rest of the GOP primary field.

“With every passing month, with every new indictment, Donald Trump seems to be consolidating his control over the Republican Party,” Stephanopoulos said, turning to a right-leaning panel member, The Atlantic writer Reihan Salam.

“Republicans almost unanimously on that [debate]stage several days ago [said they]would vote for a convicted felon,” Stephanopoulos said. “Did you ever think you’d see the day?”

“The truth is that we are in a very polarized moment,” Salam said. “And when you’re looking at the Republican Party, it is strikingly unified. If you look at the most conservative voters and the party, they back the former president disproportionately. If you look at more moderate voters, female Republican primary voters, he just really has a lock on both wings of the party, so to speak. And that’s something that any rival has to appreciate it and respect.”

Trump’s popularity experienced an immediate boost following the release of his mugshot. While en route to his arrest in Atlanta, he garnered significant support from black communities along his journey.

Numerous videos circulated online depicting Trump’s motorcade passing through lower-income neighborhoods in Atlanta on his way to face charges from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis related to the aftermath of the 2020 election. These videos may be a source of concern for Democrats.

In these videos, hundreds of Black Americans can be seen enthusiastically cheering for Trump as he passes by, holding signs and wearing shirts that indicate their support for the former president. Many residents expressed their belief that the charges against Trump are unfounded and that he is being treated unfairly.

One commentator shared a 45-second TikTok video on the X platform, showcasing the positive reactions of predominantly Black bystanders to Trump’s presence in their neighborhood.

“What the media doesn’t want you to see. The people love Trump,” said the post containing the video.

“Free Trump!” several people can be heard saying.

“Interesting reaction in Atlanta. Democrat city People screaming ‘Free Trump,’” another platform user wrote, adding: “This will backfire on Democrats.”