A photo shows a dog peeing on a campaign sign for former US President Donald Trump.
Since at least September 2020, social media users shared a photo that appeared to show a dog peeing on a “Make America Great Again” campaign sign for former US President Donald Trump. However, it was a doctored photograph. The original photo showed the dog urinating on a sign in support of US President Joe Biden. Real photography was still popular in Facebook groups in October 2022.
One of the most popular posts of the altered image that misleadingly showed the Trump sign was found on the r/pics subreddit on Reddit. The post was submitted on September 22, 2020. It received over 50,000 points, meaning it was extremely popular that day. We only found two reviewers who tried to tell other users that it had been doctored.
The oldest post of the original photo with the Biden sign that we could find was from Facebook user Joe Murphy on August 23, 2020. Murphy wrote, “I don’t know who that dog is. But he needs a treat. Good boy.” It was also share two days later on Twitter by the Conservative Pets account.
How did we determine which was the original? We were able to find the photograph of the Trump sign which was digitally cut out and pasted over the Biden sign.
A Google search for “Trump yard sign” (without the quotes) returned many results. Many of the results included images of signs mentioning both Trump and Pence. Since the edited image didn’t show Pence’s name, we did a second Google search for “Trump yard sign -Pence” (without the quotes). Placing a minus sign in front of Pence’s name excluded him from search results. Then we saw it.
A US News & World Report article showed the same image of the Trump sign, which included the slogan “Make America Great Again.” The photograph was taken by Scott Olson for Getty Images. He was captured in Schneider, Indiana on May 3, 2016.
In the photograph of the sign taken by Olson, the highlights and creases matched those seen in the doctored photo of the peeing dog on the Trump sign, particularly above the ‘U’, ‘M’ and ‘P’ , as well as the upper part. -the right corner.
Is it likely that there are many more photos posted online that show dogs urinating on various campaign signs for local, state and national politicians? Sure. However, again, this specific image was doctored and originally showed a dog peeing on a sign for Biden, not Trump.
@ConservativePTZ. TwitterAugust 25, 2020, https://mobile.twitter.com/conservativeptz/status/1298455177889034241.
DaFunkJunkie. “Good boy.” r/Photos via Reddit.comSeptember 22, 2020, www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/ixp0dr/good_boy/.
Murphy, Joe. FacebookAugust 23, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/joe.murphy.5832/.
Olson, Scott. “A campaign sign displaying support for the Republican presidential election…” Getty ImagesMay 3, 2016, https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/campaign-sign-displaying-support-for-republican-news-photo/527804462.
Schnürer, Eric. “Politics is not recession proof.” US News and World ReportJune 2, 2016, https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-06-02/the-great-recession-wrought-donald-trumps-rise.
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