President Trump addressed a group of thousands of young conservatives at the Turning Point USA Conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday after a 12-minute video singing his praises as the country’s leader. But as he basked in the thunderous applause, something was amiss with the presidential seal that was projected on the screen behind him.
Normally, the presidential seal of the United States features a bald eagle, but THIS particular image showed a double-headed eagle, chillingly similar to the eagle found on the official coat of arms of the Russian Federation.
Obviously this design change was meant to make fun of Trump and his administration’s connections to Russia and the controversy of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election which helped Trump win the presidency.
As an even further insult to injury, one nice touch on this altered seal was that instead of left claws clutching arrows, this eagle was seen holding golf clubs, clearly one of the President’s own favorite accessories. The other set of talons were holding a fistful of dollars.
Look below at the differences between the two seals:
Here is the official seal of the President of the United States.
And below is the doctored image as it appeared onscreen behind President Trump at the Turning Point USA speech.
The Washington Post was the first to point out the differences in an article and the White House then responded that the image went unnoticed by officials until Trump was already onstage to give his speech.
The Post cited a reader in pointing out that the fake image looked like one being sold online that features the US’s Latin motto “E pluribus unum” (translation:Out of many, one) being replaced by the Spanish words “45 es un titere” (translation: 45 is a puppet). Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.
A spokesman for Turning Point USA told The Post he was still unclear as to the image’s origin or how it actually ended up on the screen, saying, “It was a last-minute A/V mistake — and I can’t figure out where the breakdown was — but it was a last-minute throw-up, and that’s all it was. I can’t figure out who did it yet.”