The images were used to illustrate the “chaos and violence” that accompany the current demonstrations in American cities after the death of George Floyd.
The election headquarters of US President Donald Trump borrowed a picture of the protests in Kyiv in 2014 to illustrate the “chaos and violence” that accompany the current demonstrations in American cities after the death of black George Floyd in Minneapolis (Minnesota). The New York Times reported.
She drew attention to the photos posted on July 21 on the page of the Republican headquarters on the social network Facebook. One image shows a meeting between Trump and representatives of one of the Evangelical churches. In contrast, the second shows protesters wearing helmets and carrying shields, who knocked a law enforcement officer to the sidewalk. The photos are accompanied by the caption “Public safety against chaos and violence.”
The newspaper found that the second picture was taken not now in one of the US cities, but in Kyiv in 2014 by photographer Mstislav Chernov. The latter specializes in filming protests and armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, France, and other countries. The photo, borrowed by the trump staff, was posted on the photo-sharing service Wikipedia Commons in 2014, the newspaper writes. It is not the first time that the Republican headquarters has used photos and videos taken in other states for political campaigning.
The 59th US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.