Man Behind Fake Presidential Seal Is a Republican Fed Up With Trump
The man who created the fake presidential seal that appeared behind President Trump briefly as he gave a speech earlier this week is a 46-year-old graphic designer who crafted the image after becoming disenchanted by Trump and the GOP.
“This is the most petty piece of art I have ever created,” Charles Leazott, a dishearted Republican who voted for former President George W. Bush twice, told The Washington Post in an interview.
“I’m a graphic designer, it’s just something I tossed together,” Leazott said of the image. “This was just a goofy thing for some people I knew. I had no idea it would blow up like this.”
The fake logo grabbed widespread attention on Thursday after Trump appeared in front of Leazott’s interpretation of the seal while speaking at the conservative group Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, D.C.
As Trump walked on the stage, a screen behind him displayed the fake presidential seal featuring a two-headed eagle — an image similar to that on the Russian Federation coat of arms — holding a set of golf clubs. A banner also read “45 es un titere,” Spanish for “45 is a puppet.”
The design was interpreted widely as a knock at the president’s relationship with Moscow and his love of golfing at his namesake courses.
Leazott told The Post that Trump appearing in front of the seal is now the background image on his computer. He addd that the person responsible for the incident is “either wildly incompetent or the best troll ever — either way, I love them.”
“I’ve got to be honest, I am so tickled in the most petty way possible that the president of the United States, who I despise, stood up and gave a talk in front of this graphic,” he said. “Whoever put that up is my absolute hero.”