An edited photo that appears to show President Donald Trump floating in a raft, extending a red Make America Great Again hat to a flood victim, has gone viral in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
As New York Times reporter Kevin Roose pointed out on Twitter, the pic is a fake ― it was taken in Central Texas in 2015, long before Trump was elected president, and he definitely wasn’t in that raft.
The original photo ― which can be found on CNN’s website ― actually depicts three rescuers with the Austin Fire Department reaching out to help a man clinging to a chain-link fence.
Snopes pointed out that it’s fairly easy to figure out that the photo is a fake because Trump isn’t wearing a life vest ― unlikely during a dangerous flood ― and presidents generally do not personally take part in rescue operations after disasters.
And though the president has actually thrown paper towels at hurricane victims, you could argue that a MAGA hat isn’t the most helpful thing to offer a person stranded in waist-high water.
Roose said he couldn’t figure out why Facebook would allow such an obviously fake photo on its platform.
Others lamented that people might believe the photo captured a real event.
But the photo might just be an attempt to lampoon the Trump administration. And it probably won’t be going away any time soon.