One juicy but ultimately wrong tweet set internet detectives off on the case of Donald Trump allegedly Photoshopping his hand to look larger than life. The images show Trump’s hand resting on Barack Obama’s shoulder, but one looks visibly larger than the other. The problem is that it’s completely false.
Here’s the original tweet (which has since been deleted) that started the mess, which is based on a screenshot from ABC’s recent interview with President Trump in the White House.
The tweet quickly went viral, which is understandable considering the history it touches on. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter originated the meme that Trump has tiny hands back in 1988 by calling him a “short-fingered vulgarian” in Spy magazine, a claim that got under Trump’s skin. That Trump would hold a grudge to the point that he alters official White House photos is almost too deliciously sad to not share.
But the photo wasn’t altered to make his hand look any grander. Apart from the two images in the original tweet showing two different angles, the color-graded shot ABC used during its broadcast is otherwise identical to the source image from Getty:
This is yet another reminder that you should think before you share.