Fake News: Donald Trump's Wig NOT Blown Off By Plane Engine Propeller -- Hair NOT Sucked By Jet

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Donald Trump's Wig NOT Blown Off By Plane Engine Propeller -- Hair NOT Sucked By Jet

Was President Trump's wig blown off of his head by the engines of Air Force One? No, that's not true: Video posted on YouTube was taken from a comedy clip created for Jimmy Kimmel's monologue on his November 11, 2019 ABC show. Kimmel's staff digitally altered the news clip of Trump speaking to reporters on a tarmac before boarding his plane on November 9, 2019.

The video originated on Kimmel's show, but was re-edited for a video (archived here) posted on November 14, 2019, under the title "TRUMP'S WIG Gets BLOWN OFF By Plane Engine Propeller - Hair Sucked By Jet - Bald Trump With No Hair". It opened:

Enjoy! Hope you like seeing Trump's hair getting blown off!

This is what social media users saw:

President Trump's hair has been the target of jokes and speculation for years. Jimmy Kimmel's production staff created a video punchline by digitally altering an ABC news clip to make it appear he was wearing a wig that was blow off his head while standing near the huge jet engines of Air Force One. While it was obvious in the context of Kimmel's show that it was a joke, but there may be some people who do not realize it was faked when they see it isolated on another YouTube channel.

This is what it really looked like:

Here is the Kimmel original:

  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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