Unflattering images of President Donald Trump aren’t really new to the internet. In fact, they’re quite abundant. Of all the Trump images out there, however, Eric Trump wound up taking issue with the use of a rather innocuous one used by Reuters.
Accompanying an article about the cancellation of Trump’s military parade was an image of the president waving.
According to Eric – and only Eric – the image was used out of the mainstream media’s hatred for his father. Since he offered no other context, Twitter users weren’t sure why he took issue to the photo in the first place.
Perhaps, in Eric’s eyes, the photo was intended to show Trump performing a “Nazi salute?”
As Twitter quickly pointed out to the young businessman, everybody was under the impression that the president was just innocently waving.
A pic of him waving to supporters is propaganda? Good to know, I guess. pic.twitter.com/B2LokxhrCP
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) August 17, 2018
Even Trump supporters had to step in on this one.
Eric,they did say he was waving goodbye. Please don't interpret wrong messages.We love you, but it's wrong,spreads hate where there is none.
— Janine Best (@JanineBest12) August 17, 2018
Reuters later changed the image to something more appropriate to the subject matter, though it’s unclear if it was due to Eric’s outburst over the “hatefulness and disgusting antics of the #MSM”
For anyone who questions the hatefulness and disgusting antics of the #MSM just view the accompanying picture from this @Reuters headline. Once again their propaganda is in full display. #JournalismIsDead #Disgusting https://t.co/UCETilwBSc
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 17, 2018
The replacement of the picture made Eric’s tweet even more baffling for those who hadn’t seen the original picture.
It was too late, for Eric Trump to take it back. He put it out there, and people responded with confusion over what the problem was.
I don't understand the issue with this pic/headline combo, Vampirina. Maybe take a nap and get back to us tonight, when your sleep cycle is complete?
— Purple Haired Rigged & Disgusting Witch Huntress (@KrisIsPissed) August 18, 2018
Not sure what the problem is. Looks like he is boarding a plane which fits. Cause they didnt photoshop his hair or jowls?
— Tony Acosta (@AccostedTone) August 17, 2018
Why do you think it is hateful and disgusting for Reuters to post a photo of your father to accompany the story? What's the problem? Do you want them to stop using his photo?
Is there some kind of paranoia at play here? What are you reading into this?
— Patricia Wightman (@PatriciaWightm7) August 18, 2018
Those that did catch on to Eric’s point weren’t shy about justifying if the image was used to take a jab at the president.
Your dad admires authoritarians and calls Nazis “very fine people”. This isn’t exactly a stretch.
Are you really this dumb?
— Joe In Memphis (@MEMLiberal) August 18, 2018
He's just waving that special salute back at Laura Ingraham, right? pic.twitter.com/TMaWe6NYnW
— UnderDuressintheU.S. (@overrhypocrissy) August 18, 2018
He's missing his moustache. pic.twitter.com/BraA1kC9Gz
— Daniel (@Roolbreaker3) August 18, 2018
It's odd that you, his son…would equate a wave to a salute…hmm. says more about you, than it does about him..yes?
— Tom Huffman (@Ccq714Tom) August 17, 2018
Some Twitter users did a little digging to show that Trump’s wave isn’t so unique to be mistaken for a Sieg Heil.
— O.J. ♂️ (@Juicedog23) August 17, 2018
You’re just jealous because your father can only wave. pic.twitter.com/BUnT2dGg1S
— Joimonki (@joimonki) August 19, 2018
— ❌ Cheezy Borger ❌ (@CheezyBorger) August 17, 2018
Essentially, Eric Trump took a rather harmless image of Trump, complained about it, and turned it into fuel for the president’s detractors.
You know, just another day in the Trump presidency.
— Debra Brown (@BrownDebraA) August 17, 2018