This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump appeared at A Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit event in Washington. The projector screen had a minor malfunction with the projected image, which rose attention.
At the nonprofit organization event behind the president was a projector screen which presented what seemed to be an altered presidential seal. The faux seal was on display for about 80 seconds behind the president before it was made out and then was taken down. The seal emphasized pro- Russian imagery and read in Spanish “45 es un titere,” which translates to “45 is a puppet.” White House official spokesman Judd Deere stated that the Associated Press officials never proofed viewed the seal before it’s appearance behind the president. The edited image presented a two-headed eagle, which indicates a direct nod to the Russia Federation’s coat of arms. The left bird claw held golf clubs versus the original’s 13 arrows, which signify the 13 colonies. The right bird claw held cash, rather than the original’s olive branch, an allusion to accusations that Trump embraced the Kremlin, and the Spanish text, a reference to Trump’s questionable border policies and his gestures of Latin American immigrants.
Turning Point USA, announced Thursday that following the unintended mishap they did let the employee responsible for putting up the display go. They claimed that their employee searched for a high-resolution file of the presidential seal and failed to examine the image before placing it on display behind the president. The organization apologized for the incident. They stated they meant no disrespect to President Trump or the White House and insisted they had “zero malicious intent” in the switch.
Charles Leazott, of Richmond, Va. creator of the seal, informed us that after Trump’s election he made it as a joke among friends and family. It was not meant for the public, he stated. “This is the most petty piece of art I have ever created,” Leazott described of his mock presidential seal design. Leazott explained to the newspaper he had been a Republican and voted for George W. Bush twice. However, He said when Trump was elected, he no longer classified with the new president’s GOP. The widespread craze for the seal didn’t appear to take off until Thursday after the seal’s image made the news. Leazott noticed news coverage of the seal that morning while drinking coffee. “It’s been chaos,” he described to the Post, “This is not what I expected when I woke up today.” “Leazott admits, “But I’ve got to be honest, I am so tickled in the most petty way possible. That the president of the United States, who I despise, stood up and gave a talk in front of this graphic. Whoever put that up is my absolute hero.”