Did you see that little disclaimer in the bottom left corner which read “Actual Testimony, Actor Portrayal?”
Probably not, right.
Nor were you supposed to notice it, but somebody did.
Courtesy of NBC News:
A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, voice-over endorsements of the president.
“I could not ask for a better president,” intones the voice during slow-motion footage of the smiling blonde called “Tracey from Florida.” A man labeled on another video as “TJ from Texas” stares into the camera as a voice says, “Although I am a lifelong Democrat, I sincerely believe that a nation must secure its borders.”
There’s just one problem: The people in the videos that ran in the past few months are all actually models in stock video footage produced far from the U.S. in France, Brazil and Turkey, and available to anyone online for a fee.
Though the 20-second videos include tiny disclaimers that say “actual testimonial, actor portrayal,” they raise the question why a campaign that can fill arenas with supporters would have to buy stock footage of models. It’s a practice that, under different circumstances, Trump himself would likely blast as “fake news.”
Now the immediate question that comes to mind is “Why didn’t Trump use his actual supporters for the ad?”
And the reason is quite simple.
Trump is a man for whom image is everything, and this is what his supporters look like.
The only thing those images are good for is to scare small children.
So, of course, Trump turns to fake imagery to trick people into supporting him.
When has he ever done it differently?