Fake News: Photo of Donald Trump Wearing Diaper Is Doctored

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Photo of Donald Trump Wearing Diaper Is Doctored

Is a photo appearing to show a younger Donald Trump wearing a diaper authentic? No, it's not real: The image is a poorly-doctored photo using Trump's head from a photo taken at a 1991 event in New York. It has been circulated for several years with a plea for others to help make it go viral online because it is a photo the president "hates."

One version of the sharing is a post (archived here) published on December 7, 2017. It opened:

Trump hates this pic.
Help me make it go viral

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1186146834852383&set=gm.618280965189278&type=3&theater

The photo was shared on anti-Trump pages, including by "A Skunk Named Trump."

trump diaper fake.jpg

But a close examination shows obvious doctoring of the image. Also, a reverse image search reveals the original photo from which Trump's head was lifted. It was taken at a 1991 event. You can view the Getty Images version here.

Trump head diaper.png

A reverse image search did not reveal the source of the body wearing the diaper.

Lead Stories concluded this image is fake.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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