A Journalist Believes He Was Banned From Midjourney After His AI Images Of Donald Trump Getting Arrested Went Viral

Prosecutors in New York are thought to be on the brink of filing an indictment against Donald Trump over a hush money payment to former adult film star Stormy Daniels. It would mark the first time in US history that a president, past or present, would face criminal charges.

Many are envisioning — some gleefully — what a Trump arrest would look like. Among them is Eliot Higgins, best known as the founder of open-source investigative journalism website Bellingcat. This week, Higgins used the AI image generator Midjourney to depict Trump’s arrest. He shared 50 images on Twitter, and they quickly went viral. 

As a result, he said on Wednesday, Midjourney appeared to have banned him from the service. Midjourney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (The word “arrested” is now banned on the platform.) 

Higgins, 44, told BuzzFeed News that he’s “been playing around with various prompts to see what’s possible and how complex you can make it. ” He prompted Midjourney to capture what it would look like if Trump were swept up by police on the streets of New York outside of a building that looks eerily like Trump Tower, how his children would react, and what his life would be like in jail.