Trump supporters have been going the extra mile to depict their favorite president as heroic — and have gone so far as to share a fake photograph of him personally rescuing people dealing with floods left by Hurricane Florence.
New York Times reporter Kevin Roose notes that a phony photo that depicts Trump in a raft reaching out to a man swimming in flooded waters has been shared more than 250,000 times. The caption on the photo reads, “You won’t see this on the news… make it go viral.”
As Roose explains, the original photo was actually taken of rescue workers helping people during floods in Texas in 2015. The viral fake photo was uploaded on September 16, 2017.
A photoshopped picture depicting Trump rescuing people during Hurricane Florence has been shared 275,000 times on Facebook. The original is from Texas flooding in 2015. pic.twitter.com/woWuPuqSSy
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) September 24, 2018
Given how obviously Photoshopped the Trump photo is — he’s supposedly rescuing people from a hurricane while wearing a suit and tie, while reaching out to victims while holding a red MAGA hat — Roose says he’s uncertain how many Trump supporters are actually taking it seriously.
To learn more about the photo’s origins, check out Snopes’ official fact check.