Don’t believe that viral photograph which purportedly shows President Donald Trump rescuing cats in Texas from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The image of Trump appearing to hold two ginger felines in his arms while wading waist deep through floodwater began circulating among his supporters in the wake of the devastating storm.
This is being shared on Facebook as real. By lots and lots of people. pic.twitter.com/BwluNumL1h
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) September 12, 2017
One pro-Trump Facebook page, called “All about President Trump,” posted the snap with the caption, “Things the media forgets!”
That post alone has now been shared more than 16,000 times.
But as the myth-debunking Snopes.com has proved, the image is totally fake.
Des Moines Register photographer Harry Baumert actually took the original photograph of a man named Brandon Smith who was saving his two cats from flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in June 2008, per the website.
Someone else has now simply edited Trump’s head and his red MAGA cap into the snap. Baumert’s initial photograph no longer appears to be available online, but photographer David Greedy captured a similar scene at the same time:
Snopes has also recently disproved another Harvey-related image, which purported to show Trump rescuing someone from the water in a boat:
I think I'd die of shock if I saw Trump rescuing someone. And from a small boat? No way.https://t.co/txto9yhQ18
— So Sez Chey (@chey_cobb) September 2, 2017