President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale posted a tweet featuring a dramatic picture of Air Force One at the Daytona 500 rising above packed stands and claimed it as the Trump’s campaign. In his tweet, Brad wrote - “@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started.” However, users were quick to point out that the picture was from President George W Bush’s visit to the NASCAR race in 2004 but not from Donald Trump’s visit on Sunday.
The tweet racked up approximately 6,700 retweets and 23,000 likes and was online for about three hours before it was deleted. While Trump haters quickly pointed out the false claim, his supporters replied with tweets like “Amazing show wow” and “WOW What a Shot” etc. It was later known that the iconic photo was shot after George Bush’s visit to the racetrack, as Air Force One took off from the adjacent Daytona Beach International Airport. The dramatic photo was shot by Jonathan Ferrey and is available online on the website of Getty Images. Speaking to CNN, Ferry said - “I have a lot of talented colleagues shooting the Daytona 500 this year. Unfortunately, I’m not there today, but apparently I won the Daytona 500 photography before the race even started.”
The photo of Bush’s Air Force One was used in several articles as a preview to the Trump’s visit on Sunday. Voice of America White House bureau chief Steve Herman was also one of the users who pointed out that the photo was from 16 years ago. Facing the backlash, Parscale deleted the tweet and posted a new photo with the same caption but a less dramatic photo of Trump’s arrival in the Air Force One. Interestingly, the stands were not at all full in the new picture.
Here’s the updated tweet:
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