A photoshopped picture depicting President Donald Trump rescuing a man from Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters has been shared more than 275,000 times on Facebook and has received praise from some of his supporters.
New York Times technology reporter Kevin Roose took to Twitter on Monday to debunk the photo, noting that the original image was taken in the aftermath of flooding in Central Texas in 2015.
“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,” Roose wrote.
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
Upon closer inspection, the picture shows trump reaching out to the man in the photo with a red hat in hand.
The caption on the viral Facebook photo reads: “You won’t see this on the news… make it go viral.”
In the days following Hurricane Harvey, the same image began circulating online.
According to Snopes, the original photo can be found on CNN’s website and actually depicts three rescuers with the Austin Fire Department reaching out to help a man clinging to a chain link fence out of the water.
Video of the rescue was captured by Austin’s KXAN News: