By Shawn Rice
Ivanka Trump’s chametz being bought under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump is fake. In a doctored photo, Ivanka’s father is seen signing an order purchasing his daughter’s chamtez, which is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.”
According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to eat chametz after the fourth halachic hour on the morning before Passover. It is forbidden to derive any benefit from chametz at the fifth hour, and all chametz should be burned before the sixth hour. From then until after Passover, chametz is completely forbidden. Chametz is a product that is both made from one of five types of grain and has been combined with water and left to stand raw for longer than eighteen minutes and becomes leaven.
Where did this fake executive order originate? Someone doctored a photo of Trump holding up a document in the White House. While there was an executive order signed by Trump, the hoax purveyor had some fun manipulating the document. Internet users altered the image to make it appear as if the president had signed a number of ridiculous and fake executive orders, including one that involved his daughter Ivanka and chametz as seen below.
“I Donald J. Trump, with this executive order, hereby purchase the entirety of my daughter Ivanka’s Chametz. Payment of 10 dollars has been transferred to her in exchange for this chametz”
However, this is not a real executive order signed by Trump. Of course, it was make major news if something this absurd was signed by Trump creating an unnecessary controversy for Trump’s administration.
The original photograph was taken by Reuters photographer Kevin Lamarque on Jan. 23, 2017. The original image showed Trump holding a Presidential Memorandum concerning the reinstatement of the “Mexico City Policy“:
“Among the three executive orders President Trump signed Monday was one reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which deals with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and abortion access.
The Mexico City Policy was originally announced by President Reagan in 1984 and required nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of receiving any federal funding that they “would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”
The original image can be viewed here. You can also see another, similar photograph from Getty Images that shows Trump holding the same real “Mexico City Policy” executive order at a slightly different angle. The original image was used in the creation of an “executive order sign generator” which led to several images of the president holding fake executive orders.
What did you think of the digitally altered photograph? Did you see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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