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Trump Campaign Caught Using Stock Footage Of Foreign Models To Portray Supporters In TV Ads

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has come under fire after being caught using stock footage of foreign models to portray supporters of the president’s agenda.

A series of Trump reelection campaign ads feature a range of American voters, “Tracey from Florida,” “Thomas from Washington” and “AJ from Texas,” supporting Trump and his agenda. But there’s a problem — Tracey, Thomas and AJ appear to be foreign stock models.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday the series of ads featuring a young blonde woman on a beach, a bearded hipster in a coffee shop, and a Texas “lifelong Democrat” who supports Trump, are stock video footage produced in France, Brazil and Turkey.

“President Trump is doing a great job, I could not ask for a better president of the United States of America. Although I am a lifelong Democrat, I sincerely believe the nation must secure its borders,” AJ says.

The end of each brief 20-second video asks voters if they agree, and to take the campaign’s official survey.

Political experts told the AP political campaigns should be more careful.

“The fact that the footage is from outside the U.S. makes it that much more embarrassing,” Jay Newell, a former cable TV executive who teaches advertising at Iowa State University, told AP.

“Tracey from Florida,” is actually “Young woman smiling and walking at the beach,” available for purchase on Getty Images iStock. “Thomas from Washington” is “bearded and tattooed hipster coffee shop owner posing.”

Fred Davis, a campaign consultant who produced ads for former President George W. Bush, told the AP the staffer behind the Trump ads is “probably 22 years old” and thought “this is a great picture.”

“This is a great shot of Thomas from Washington. It’s a shame it’s not Thomas from Washington,” Davis said.

The Associated Press said the foreign companies behind the stock photo models would not give a detailed comment in regards to the images being used to portray American voters in a political campaign.

Getty Images would not disclose the identities of the models to the news agency for privacy reasons.

The Trump campaign declined repeated AP requests for comment.


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