In an attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton, Eric Trump – son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – tweeted a photo of a rally of his father in Pensacola, Florida on Friday -- but it was a fake photo.
The reaction came after Clinton described the supporters of older Trump at a fundraisers event in Florida as “basket of deplorables.”
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it,” said Clinton.
Onto his Tweeter account, Donald Trump bounced back, saying: “Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hardworking people. I think it will cost her at the Polls!”
The younger Trump joined the bandwagon in chiding Clinton by posting a photo on Tweeter to show the strength of his father’s supporter, particularly during his Friday’s rally in Florida.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 10, 2016
But the photo was faked and altered.
It was originally taken during a rally of his father in Dallas on Sept. 14, 2015. In an attempt to manipulate the photo, he cropped the "American Airlines Center" logo and the retired Dallas Stars jerseys hanging in the rafters.
The alteration of the photo was discovered when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban responded to the younger Trump’s tweet, saying:
I'm pretty sure that's our arena in Dallas Eric. #WrongBasket https://t.co/rh8WGWuDO0 — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) September 10, 2016
The photo, which has been shared over 7,000 times as of this posting, drew various reactions, including this one:
Meanwhile, Clinton has expressed regret on the term she used against Trump supporters.
In a CNN report, Clinton was quoted saying, "Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong."