Donald Trump Jr. shared a graphic on Instagram to tout his father’s popularity and claim his dad had higher approval ratings than Barack Obama. The problem is, the graphic was a fake.
To make matters worse, the original also just so happened to come from frequent Trump target, CNN.
The graphic originally appeared on a CNN segment where host John King was actually fact-checking this tweet:
Presidential Approval numbers are very good – strong economy, military and just about everything else. Better numbers than Obama at this point, by far. We are winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Yet, the graphic was not only altered from the CNN original, it was also altered badly. In fact, if you look closely at the graphic Trump Jr. shared you can see President Donald Trump‘s original approval ratings underneath the superimposed 50 percent.
That number — the real one — is well below 50 percent because, in actually, Trump has never reached 50 percent approval in an actual Gallup poll.
Trump Jr. also wrote this brag underneath the fake graphic: “Amazing. I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it.”
He also, and not without irony, posted this Instagram post encouraging other people to get their eyes checked on the same day.
Trump Jr. has since deleted the botched graphic boast but the screengrabs of his gaffe still lives on in mockery via Twitter.
Junior just posted a photoshopped photo of his dad's approval ratings & artificially inflated Trump's rating so that it's higher than Obama's pic.twitter.com/eERSNsQJop
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) August 8, 2018
A photoshopped image Donald Trump Jr. pushed on Instagram of his father's approval rating being 50% in a CNN graphic (it actually showed 40%) is also being shared on Facebook and Twitter. pic.twitter.com/ZKiP93kjdW
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) August 9, 2018
[images via Instagram/screengrab]