In a since deleted Instagram post made Wednesday night, Donald Trump, Jr. shared a poorly photoshopped image of a CNN Gallup poll graphic. The poorly altered image showed his father finally reaching a 50 percent approval rating.
In his caption, the younger Trump stated:
Amazing. I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it. #maga #americafirst”
The doctored image intended to show his father’s approval rating at 50 percent versus President Barack Obama’s 45 percent approval rating. Only the 50 percent for Trump failed to pass even brief examination.
@DonaldJTrumpJr lies as much as his Dad. This week, he posted an image with fake Trump poll/economic #’s compared to Obama. Never mind that Obama inherited the 2nd biggest recession in US history and built the great economy Trump inherited. #TrumpLieshttps://t.co/KiFUClRrMH pic.twitter.com/FIUYwYw3Ff
— John Williams (@ashlandJohn) August 10, 2018
Whoever altered the original CNN screen grab left the “50%” misaligned with the text on the original graphic. Also, the background shade of red was drastically different.
So wait, let me get this straight. Polls are fake until they show positive numbers for Trump, then they are great. If they don’t show positive numbers, then you can fake the numbers (on the already fake poll) in order for them to be great again. Got it.
— Brandon Bilinski (@bilinski) August 10, 2018
After zooming in, people also clearly saw the original “40%” was still visible under the fake number. It didn’t take long for the internet to pick up on the error of Trump Jr.’s ways.
Junior just posted a photoshopped photo of his dad’s approval ratings & artificially inflated Trump’s rating so that it’s higher than Obama’s 😂 pic.twitter.com/eERSNsQJop
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) August 8, 2018
Here’s the original: pic.twitter.com/jNxLVcJrRU
— Sally Rutter (@SallyRutter) August 9, 2018
Trump campaign forced to use badly made Photoshop images to spread their lies.https://t.co/tUOb0Y2QDG
— Patrick White (@mrreactionary) August 10, 2018
why is @DonaldJTrumpJr posting fake, photoshopped CNN graphics on @instagram ? the 40% approval rating for Trump was changed to 50% in the graphic. however, Trump has never been at 50% in the @GallupNews poll, which is what was cited.
— Snoif (@BellWitchOrl) August 9, 2018
What depths would these people not sink to, trying to make trump look something he isn’t. As popular as @POTUS44. Don Jr Just Posted Fake Poll Numbers To Claim His Dad Is More Popular Than Obama, It Backfired Completely https://t.co/4JRfGzm5nA via @politicaldig
— Kathleen Ross (@KathleenRoss24) August 10, 2018
@realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr #Fakepresident s son makes up #fake poll. #LiarInChief As a father he has taught his children to lie. That’s what they have seen his whole life. If you can’t get what you want honestly lie about it get it dishonestlyhttps://t.co/mdW8vVXITR
— Deborah Allen Poker Lady (@DeborahAllenGe1) August 10, 2018
A few went to Trump Sr. to ask about the graphic his son shared.
why dont you discuss how one of your sons photo shopped a popularity poll in your favor and the stupid turd only gave you a fake 50% 🤣
— Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (@RobertKlinc1) August 9, 2018
@realDonaldTrump I see that your “wonderful son” is as much of a GD liar as you, distributing a fake poll results graphic, doctored by some Trumpkin to give you a 50% job rating!
LIARS, both of you!
— SmorrisonF (@SmorrisonF) August 10, 2018
While some theorized on the real reason behind the fake image.
Trump had the poll rigged to hang next to the fake time magazine its not the media that is fake the fake ness is trump’s reflection in the mirror
— karen byrne (@karenfb57) August 10, 2018
Some found irony in Trump Jr.’s magic wand comment since it is one of the photoshop tools used when altering images.
“Amazing, guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realDonaldTrump seems to have it”
Yeah if that magic wand is photoshop
— Alt_Dept of Labor (@alt_labor) August 10, 2018
While others offered their own fake poll numbers.
Just did a fake poll in my mind that I know to be true and 100% of the white hate-group members that voted in America voted for Trump and not any Democrats.
— JDElPresidente (@mfgconsent1) August 8, 2018
Although it appears not everyone got the memo as Nevada Republican State Senate Leader and candidate for Nevada Lieutenant Governor Michael Roberson shared the clearly altered image Friday morning, well after the public called it out as fake.
Ironically, he captioned the image “Facts are stubborn things.”
After the public notified Roberson, rather than admit his mistake and delete the post, he claimed he was owning Libs with a badly photoshopped image.
Love the apoplectic comments below. I just polled my own household and Trump is at 50%, so the graphic stays. Libs are so easily owned… https://t.co/6Me6MrRWLD
— Michael Roberson (@RobersonForNV) August 10, 2018
Twitter user Alex Kaplan broke the whole thing down in the following series of tweets.
First he shared the Instagram post by Trump Jr. as well as several pro-Trump Facebook pages.
A photoshopped image Donald Trump Jr. pushed on Instagram of his father’s approval rating being 50% in a CNN graphic (it actually showed 40%) is also being shared on Facebook and Twitter. pic.twitter.com/ZKiP93kjdW
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) August 9, 2018
After Trump Jr. deleted his Instagram post, Kaplan noted the Facebook posts of the same image had been turned into memes with the same numbers, but no basis in reality.
It appears that the photoshopped image has now been turned into a meme (text in the meme seems to match what was in the image). pic.twitter.com/idmIHdy8xL
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) August 10, 2018
Trump Jr. has deleted his Instagram post.
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) August 10, 2018
Trump Jr. did not respond to any media inquiries about the graphic before or after deleting it from Instagram. It is unclear where he got the image, but he retweeted a similar claim from Twitter user Paul Joseph Watson making a 50 percent approval rating claim.
Sure says the guy who shared the fake poll of trump’s approval rating at 50% 😂😂😂
— Bus the Vote! 🌊 🌊 🌊 (@BusTheVote) August 10, 2018