By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump has been seen at the golf course quite frequently since taking the Oval Office. However, an unflattering image circulating social media that sparked discussion over Trump’s relative health and fitness was digitally manipulated. The photograph showing an extremely overweight Trump playing a round of golf is fake.
Where did this fake image originate? In May 2017, the image allegedly showing an unflattering view of Trump as he was swinging a golf club circulated on social media, along with some critical comments about the President’s physique and health. All of this was in light of the fact that Trump and Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The above image then received some further legitimacy by a story published by The New Yorker, in which a juicy little detail that Trump apparently considers exercise “misguided” quickly made the national news rounds. Social media connected the image to the opinion.
There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s physical and mental health, in part because few facts are known. During the campaign, his staff reported that he was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and thirty-six pounds, which is considered overweight but not obese. His personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, issued brief, celebratory statements—Trump’s lab-test results were “astonishingly excellent”—mentioning little more than a daily dose of aspirin and a statin. Trump himself says that he is “not a big sleeper” (“I like three hours, four hours”) and professes a fondness for steak and McDonald’s. Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.
While Trump has spent a significant amount of time on golf courses during his first few months in office, the image is not a legitimate photograph of him. Rather, Snopes explained that it was created by digitally inserting a picture of Donald Trump’s face onto an image of professional golfer and Trump supporter John Daly.
Daly’s first PGA Tour Champions title did not go unnoticed by the White House. Trump congratulated the quirky 51-year-old golfer for his 1-stroke victory at the Insperity Invitational in Texas via Twitter. Daly had not won since 2004. The two are fans of each other.
There are hundreds of photographs of Trump golfing online. Thus, it is only natural that eventually some of those images would be digitally manipulated to make fun of him.
Trump spent his day Sunday on the course at his his Loudon County Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C. It marks the 21st outing to a golf course the president has taken since being sworn in, according to Vanity Fair. As plenty of Twitter users noted, Trump’s latest golf outing came shortly after Fox Go to the full article.