Swastika design was not worn by US president’s daughter

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Social media posts claim to show US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka wearing a purple sweater featuring a Trump logo that resembles a swastika. The image is doctored. The logo digitally added to her sweater was originally created as protest art by graphic designers in 2016.

The doctored image of the president’s daughter was shared thousands of times in North America. One post shared on July 30,2019, by a Facebook account located in Manitoba, Canada, reads: “Stay blind if you want to.”

Screenshot taken on August 15, 2019 of a Facebook post

Other examples were found on Facebook here and here and on Twitter here.

The fake Trump logo was also shared thousands of times in a 2017 meme that said: “‘Can I copy your homework?’ ‘Yeah just change it up a bit so it doesn’t look obvious you copied’ ‘ok’”

Here is an example of the 2017 post that continues to be shared in 2019.

Screenshot taken on August 14, 2019 of a Facebook post

The photo of Ivanka Trump actually shows her standing with Tony Spurlock, Sheriff of Douglas County, Colorado. The sheriff shared the photo on his personal Twitter account on July 22, 2019.

Ivanka Trump also visited a Lockheed Martin facility in Colorado on July 22. Public images from the visit, including in this article in the Denver Post, and in this video released by the White House, clearly show that Trump’s sweater does not include a logo.

‘Unofficial’ Trump logo

The image used to doctor the photo of Trump was originally created by graphic designers Mark Fox and Angie Wang. The professors at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco confirmed in a call with AFP that the design is named Trump Gold-Plated and was created in August 2016, before the US presidential election.

The image is described here: “Composed of four T monograms, the poster uses the visual tension between foreground and background to reveal the metaphoric negative spaces created by Trump’s divisive rhetoric.”

“We issued this poster really as a warning to America,” Wang said. “Perhaps after the election it became more of a protest.”

Fox said he has long produced agitation propaganda work and the poster is only one of the pieces the designers have created in that vein. Others are detailed in this article.

Fox and Wang originally provided a website for people to download the image, but they said that they took the high resolution artwork offline after Donald Trump was elected president, largely to prevent people trying to make money off of it. 

“I was very surprised to see the image because I thought people had forgotten about the piece,” Wang said of the doctored photo of the president’s daughter.

Fox seemed less surprised, telling AFP that the appropriation of their design was to be expected.

“That’s the nature of design, but it’s also what happens when you have technology that enables you to do it and then disseminate what you create rather easily.”

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