Donald Trump Looking Fat And Disgusting While Tweeting At Mar-A-Lago Is A Digital Fake Photo
By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump may spend a lot of time tweeting and hanging out at his Florida estate also referred to as Mar-a-Lago. However, an unflattering image allegedly showing Trump while sending a tweet from his Florida estate is a hoax. The image showing a fat and disgusting Trump texting at Mar-A-Lago is instead a digital composite from another image.
Where did this originate? A meme circulated social media appearing to show a disheveled Trump looking at his phone at Mar-a-Lago appeared in April 2017. In that photo, the “president” is also showing off a lot of butt crack. You can see the meme below. Rather, the meme obviously is trying to have fun at the expense of Trump.
Detractors would certainly share this meme but there is no truth behind it.
However, every claim offered by this meme is incorrect. The man actually pictured is not Trump; this picture was not taken at Mar-a-Lago, and the device the man is holding does not even appear capable of tweeting (a favorite past-time of the president’s).
In research from Snopes, the original image, which showed an unflattering view of an unidentified man (but definitely not Trump) sitting on a bench, has been circulating online since at least 2008. In this digital fake image, his face and hair were altered, in order to make it appear as though the pictured man was Trump himself.
Here is a comparison between the original image (left) and the doctored image (right).
Currently, there is no exact pinpoint to the location of this image. There is no strong indication that this photograph even shows Mar-a-Lago. Even if this man were at Mar-a-Lago, Trump did not join Twitter until 2009, a year after the original image first appeared.
Mar-a-Lago is an estate and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, built from 1924 to 1927 by heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. The 126-room, 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) house contains the Mar-a-Lago Club, a members-only club with guest rooms, a spa, and other hotel-style amenities.
In 1985, Mar-a-Lago was purchased by businessman Trump and his then-wife Ivana Trump was put in charge of running the property. The Trump family maintains private quarters in a separate, closed-off area of the house and grounds. and since becoming President, Mr Trump has frequently visited the nearby Trump International Golf Club (West Palm Beach) while staying at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has referred to Mar-a-Lago as his Southern White House and uses it as a Camp David-style presidential retreat. Recently, an ethics advocacy group filed a complaint calling for an investigation into the State Department’s glowing description of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club on its website.
The complaint, filed Tuesday with the Office of Government Ethics by the group Common Cause, is in response to a blog post published on the State Department’s ShareAmerica website that referred to Mar-a-Lago as the “winter White House” and noted that it is open to paying members.
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