President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted - then deleted - a stunning image of Air Force One behind a large crowd at Florida’s Daytona 500 after Twitter users noted that the image was 16 years old.
The tweet, which was posted on Sunday and stayed up for around three hours, was retweeted at least 6,700 times and liked 23,000 times before it was removed, CNN reported.
″@realdonaldtrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started,” the image was captioned.
The picture, which was shot by photographer Jonathan Ferrey in 2004, depicts Air Force One taking off from the Daytona Beach International Airport, which is adjacent to the speedway where the NASCAR race takes place. It was used as a file image in media reports in the lead-up to Trump’s appearance at Sunday’s event, but actually carried former President George W. Bush.
What began as light-hearted fun has once again resulted in a storm of fury across the Twittersphere. Today on Presidents Day, some Trump supporters gathered just outside Walt Disney World property to campaign on behalf of President Trump’s re-election, and they decided to have a little fun with it.
Beyond the usual hand-made signs, the MAGA hats and “Trump 2020” flags, some of those supporters got a little extra creative. They took a full-size cut out of Mickey Mouse and dressed him in MAGA gear. Red cap and all. Mickey’s smiling and giving a thumbs up to the drivers who pass by.
This appears to be at the Hotel Plaza Blvd Property Entrance. Keep in mind that this is NOT the main Walt Disney World entrance off I-4. This is more-or-less “the back entrance” that takes guests straight to the Disney Springs Resort Area. Just off the property is a plethora of shops and restaurants with parking lots that make it much easier for people to congregate and campaign on this level.
Now, the only harm done here is perhaps copyright infringement and false representation as The Walt Disney Company has not openly endorsed any political candidate since Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, that doesn’t stop people from being triggered by the sight of Mickey Mouse smiling in a MAGA hat both for and against.
Donald Trump’s national security adviser has said he has not “seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything” to get the president re-elected, but also seemed to accept reports that Russia is backing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
In response, one senior Democrat slammed the “politicisation of intelligence” by the Trump administration and said Robert O’Brien should “stay out of politics”.
O’Brien’s claim, in an interview with ABC’s This Week, came at the end of a week in which it was reported that US officials briefed the House intelligence committee that Russia was again trying to help get Trump elected.
Reports of Trump’s furious reaction were followed by the departure of Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, and his replacement by Richard Grenell, formerly ambassador to Germany and a Trump loyalist. The president has tweeted extensively on the subject, blaming Democrats and the media for “disinformation hoax number 7”.
It was also reported this week that Trump, congressional leaders and Sanders himself were briefed that Moscow was repeating another tactic from 2016 and backing the Vermont senator.
Sanders told Russia to stay out of US elections, then won convincingly in Nevada.
O’Brien said Russian backing for Sanders would be “no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
Sanders has described a 10-day visit to the then Soviet capital in 1988 as “a very strange honeymoon”. O’Brien was repeating a line used by Trump at campaign events.
Donald Trump’s MAGA followers finally agree: the coronavirus threat is real. But there’s now a growing chorus worried the president might overdo the response.
The fear is that the media and mass hysteria has cowed Trump into fully tanking the economy in response to what they believe is a dangerous, but not apocalyptic, disease. Despite warnings from Trump’s own health officials that millions could die unless drastic action is taken, some of the president’s supporters worry that the dangers of overreacting could also be severe.
“More than a month of people actually quarantined will break down civil society. Nobody is used to this, and when the money runs out for people they will get desperate — and there’s not enough money the government can dole out that’ll be enough,” said David Reaboi, vice president for strategic operations at Security Studies Group who writes for The Federalist.
“People will start to panic, then [begin] killing and looting. And we’ll face a society-wide crisis that’s more than simply economic. Absorbing the death of a certain number of people is preferable to that, if those are the options. Amazing and horrible to even think like that, but here we are.”
A variation of the debate has also started to infiltrate more mainstream circles, with a much-read Wall Street Journal editorial recently weighing how much financial devastation is worth the health benefits a prolonged economic stoppage will bring.
Public health officials insist such measures are necessary for now, noting the coronavirus is far worse than the flu — it is at least 10 times as lethal and about three times as contagious, according to officials. And recent data has also shown that the disease may pose greater risks to younger generations than previously thought — nearly 40 percent of coronavirus hospitalizations were people aged 20 to 54, according to a government report.
“People will start to panic, then [begin] killing and looting. And we’ll face a society-wide crisis that’s more than simply economic."