2019-07-25 16:06:59 UTC
President Donald Trump spoke to an adoring crowd of young Republican activists
in Washington D.C. on Tuesday at an event hosted by Turning Point USA. But if
you take a close look at the presidential seal that appeared behind the
president, youll notice something peculiar. Thats not actually the
presidential sealits been photoshopped.
The image that was projected behind President Trump on July 23 has a number of
alterations, including a two-headed eagle thats carrying golf clubs in one
talon and cash in another. The writing above the eagle is supposed to read E
Pluribus Unum, which is Latin for out of many, one. But the photoshopped
creation that appeared behind Trump reads 45 es un titere, which is Spanish
for 45 is a puppet.
Trump, the 45th president, has long been accused of being a puppet of the
Russian government and famously said, no puppet, no puppet, youre the puppet
during a presidential debate in 2016 with Hillary Clinton. The Trump campaign
repeatedly welcomed help from the Russian government in the lead up to the 2016
election and the president was even trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow,
according to the Mueller Report.
The alterations to the presidential seal were first revealed by the Washington
Post, which notes that the two-headed eagle bears a striking resemblance to
Russias coat of arms. Judging by photos from the event, the image was pixelated
enough that some of the details from the image, like the Soviet hammer and
sickle on the flag, could not be clearly distinguished by the crowd.
Its unclear who first created the photoshopped image, but it appears on free
image sites like Free PNG Library and other Clip Art hosting pages. Someone is
even selling the doctored logo on t-shirts and iPhone cases at the
print-on-demand service Inktale. The user who sells those items, OneTermDonnie,
also sells bumper stickers that read Chump made to look like the Trump logo.
Could this have been an innocent mistake? Did someone from Turning Point USA
just search Google Images for presidential seal and grab something that was
photoshopped? Thats certainly a possibility, though when Gizmodo tried to
replicate this potential mistake we didnt see the photoshopped version in any
of Googles top search results. Its tough to say.
President Trump, an unrepentant racist and threat to U.S. national security, has
previously gotten into hot water over his teams use of modern image
manipulation tools. As Gizmodo first reported back in January, the Trump
campaign has altered the presidents appearance to make him look much more lean
than he is in real life. The manipulations, which were published to Facebook and
Instagram, also made the presidents fingers appear longer. The Trump campaign
has also been caught using stock video of supporters giving testimonials from
people who supposedly left the Democratic Party for Trump.
As the Washington Post notes, the image behind Trump at Tuesdays rally was
switched to the real presidential seal for the majority of his talk. Its not
clear if someone noticed the mistake or if that was the plan all along.
Charlie Kirk, the head of Turning Point USA, has so far declined to address the
fake image scandal on his Twitter account.
It was a last-minute A/V mistakeand I cant figure out where the breakdown
was, an unnamed spokesperson for Turning Point USA told the Post. But it was a
last minute throw-up, and thats all it was.
A last minute throw-up, indeed.