As we all know, Hillary Clinton is not a Democrat to let a crisis go to waste.
There’s been a photo circulating around on social media that shows the White House abandoned, dark, and gloomy. The lights are all out like nobody is home. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) shared this picture on her Twitter profile to feed into the Democratic narrative that President Trump is scared of what’s going to be left of the White House and is hiding in a bunker. She tweets the following:
“History will remember the night the president cowered in the dark as his country burned for justice.”
The photo was circulated and became the source for many memes and messages pushed by extreme leftists. Even David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, tweeted the image preaching its symbolism of a quiet White House.
Hillary Clinton, the failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, took part in sharing this picture as an attempted dunk against President Trump. She put the picture side-by-side with the White House lit up in rainbow colors celebrating “Pride Month” during the Obama Administration. “Elections matter.” She wrote.
There’s one problem with this dark White House picture circulating the media feeds…it was not taken during the nights of the riots. It was taken during Obama’s time in office. Not only was it not a picture of Trump’s White House, but the photo was also altered from the original image making the mansion look darker than it normally is.
Emily Larsen, DC Examiner, did some digging and pointed this out in her own tweet:
“The viral photo of lights-out/blackout White House shared by Hillary Clinton, Instagrammers & countless others was 1. not taken during the Trump Administration, let alone over the weekend, and 2. edited to darken lights that were on the original.”
Emily also attached an article proving all of this. The original image was uploaded to Getty Images iStock photo website on Dec. 21, 2015, though it is unclear when the photo was taken. It has been edited to make the portico hanging lantern and several other lights around the White House to appear off.
The Associated Press fact check even said, according to their own White House photos taken over the weekend, that the front was illuminated by exterior lights and the portico lantern was turned on while the interior was dark.
To add even more insult to the injury for Clinton, it was noted that it is routine practice for many of the lights at the White House to be turned off late at night, which, of course, is what most people do in their own homes anyway.
Emily Larsen even pointed out that CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and others have also noted, the White House routinely turns off lights late at night and leaves some on. Kaitlan has even tweeted herself “As someone who has done many late night live shots, the lights at the White House go off every night around 11 p.m.”
All that being said, many of us can take the time to appreciate and remember Hillary’s use of old and altered photos to be symbolic for her accidental presidential election and how the Obama Administration operated politically. But should we expect anything else from fake news?