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The image is altered. The real photograph is from January 2020 and shows faith leaders praying with then-President Donald Trump, not the statue.
Social media users are circulating an image that purportedly shows faith leaders surrounding and praying over a gold-painted statue of former President Donald Trump that appeared at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference.
"Caption this photo taken today of CPAC’s evangelical leaders. Yes, they are praying to a golden statue of their holy insurrectionist," another reads.
But the image is altered, and the photo it’s based on wasn’t taken in 2021.
The posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We conducted a reverse-image search, which showed that the original photo depicted Trump meeting with a group of evangelical leaders. In the doctored version, the gold-painted statue was edited in to replace Trump.
The authentic photograph was taken by photographer Marco Bello at an "Evangelicals for Trump" launch event at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami on Jan. 3, 2020.
These posts are False.
Facebook post, March 1, 2021
New York Times, At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump, Feb. 28, 2021
Tin Eye, reverse-image search, March 2, 2021
Getty Images President Trump Launches 'Evangelicals For Trump' Coalition, Jan. 3, 2020
AP Images, PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AT THE "EVANGELICALS FOR TRUMP" COALITION LAUNCH, Jan. 3, 2020
New York Times, In Miami Speech, Trump Tells Evangelical Base: God Is ‘on Our Side’, Jan. 3, 2020
Check Your Fact, FACT CHECK: DOES THIS IMAGE SHOW PEOPLE PRAYING OVER A GOLDEN STATUE OF DONALD TRUMP?, March 1, 2021
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