Donald Trump has a serious problem with the truth. It’s no surprise that this is an administration-wide issue. His entire campaign is filled with liars though, aside from Kellyanne Conway, few of his staff are usually as absurdly blatant with their untruths as the president himself. But this weekend, we might have discovered a real contender in his campaign manager Brad Parscale.
On Sunday, Parscale shared a photo on Twitter of President George W. Bush’s visit to the NASCAR race in 2004. It wasn’t a walk down presidential memory lane. CNN reports that he captioned it, “@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started.”
It didn’t take very long for people to point out that the dramatic photo of stands filled with supporters was in no way connected to Donald Trump.
The question is always—-was this an honest mistake or is trumpworld using an another presidents photo dishonestly. https://t.co/w22UjkQVI4— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 16, 2020
Brad, that photo is from 16 years ago.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) February 16, 2020
It still stayed up for about three hours, receiving 6,700 retweets and 23,000 likes before it was deleted. Parscale then shared a new tweet with the same caption as though nothing happened, this time from Trump’s actual visit to Daytona. The stands are considerably emptier:
It’s also a worse picture, no offense. The first photo tweeted was taken by Jonathan Ferrey on February 15, 2004. After Bush visited the racetrack, he snapped Air Force One taking off from the Daytona Beach International Airport, which is close enough to make it look like it was rising out of the crowd.
“I have a lot of talented colleagues photographing the Daytona 500 this year,” Ferrey told CNN. “I am unfortunately not there today, but apparently I won the Daytona 500 photography before the race even started.”
According to the HuffPost, Trump did have a fun time at the Daytona 500, even if there were fewer people watching. After having Air Force One fly over, he went on a lap around the track in his limousine. One of his campaign ads played during the airing of the race on Fox, and a “KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” banner was flying near the racetrack.
Plenty of his supporters also thought Parscale’s first tweet was real before he deleted it, and I doubt they’d care if they found out it was fake. That’s why liars are so successful—too many people want to believe them.