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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 18, 2021

No, these photos don’t show Kamala Harris in front of a green screen

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  • A photo of people gathered at the bottom of an airstair leading to a green screen is from 2017, when an actor in the show "Designated Survivor" posted the picture from set on social media. 

Two photos circulating on social media are being characterized as further evidence for the theory that members of the Biden administration are staging events for the cameras. 

"ENJOYING THE SHOW EVERYONE KAMALA," reads a recent Facebook post showing an image of an Air Force One replica and another image of people standing below an airstair leading to a green screen. "JUST ABOUT TO BOARD THE GREEN SCREEN." 

In the second photo, the feet of someone wearing what look like black Converse sneakers has been circled in red. The person’s face isn’t visible, but the implication in the post is that it’s Vice President Kamala Harris, who is famous for wearing Converse

This post was 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’ve previously debunked claims that a bill signing in the Rose Garden was filmed at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and that Biden faked an interview in front of a green screen

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The Air Force One replica shown in the Facebook post is not from a movie set. It’s used for training at the U.S. Secret Service training center in Laurel, Md. The photo was taken in 2016, when Barack Obama was president. 

The photo of the people gathered at the bottom of the airstair leading to a green screen also predates the Biden administration, and Harris isn’t in it. Other people wear Converse, too.

Kal Penn, who starred as Seth Wright, a White House speechwriter in the TV drama "Designated Survivor," shared the picture on social media on May 3, 2017. 

"Here’s what it looked like to film this scene," he wrote on Instagram and Twitter. "Entirely green screen Air Force One. Just stairs leading up to a box. #DesignatedSurvivor."

We rate claims that the image shows Kamala Harris Pants on Fire!


Our Sources

Facebook post, May 17, 2021

Tweet, April 25, 2021

Reddit post, April 10, 2021

PolitiFact, No, an image of a White House Rose Garden event wasn’t taken at a film studio in Georgia, March 17, 2021

PolitiFact, No, Biden didn’t fake an interview in front of a green screen, March 18, 2021

Vogue, How Kamala and her Converse rewrote the rule book on political style, Nov. 13, 2020

Getty Images, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Sen. Mikulski tour secret service training center in Laurel Maryland, Oct. 26, 2016

ABC, Kal Penn as Seth Wright, visited May 18, 2021

Kal Penn Instagram post, May 3, 2017

Kal Penn tweet, May 3, 2017

Reddit post, May 4, 2017

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