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Sara Swann
By Sara Swann April 25, 2024

No, this photo doesn’t show Barack Obama wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt

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  • PolitiFact and other news outlets have fact-checked fake photos of well-known people wearing the same anti-Trump T-shirt.

Ahead of the 2024 election, some social media users are claiming former President Barack Obama wore a T-shirt opposing former President Donald Trump’s campaign for a second term.

An April 23 Facebook post showed a photo of Obama wearing a black T-shirt that said, "NOPE Not again." The "O" in "nope" was stylized with a blond swoop of hair and a red necktie that mimicked Trump’s likeness.

The post’s caption linked to a website selling the shirt.

(Screengrab from Facebook)

Another Facebook post shared the same image. These posts were flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

It’s no surprise that Obama favors his former vice president, Joe Biden, over Trump in the 2024 election. Obama has been helping Biden’s campaign by appealing to small-dollar donors in advertising and attending high-dollar fundraising events.

Featured Fact-check

But this photo is not real.

Reverse-image searches using Google Images, TinEye and Yandex found no authentic images of Obama wearing this shirt. We searched for the image in photo databases of Getty Images and The Associated Press and found no results.

We also found no news articles about Obama wearing this T-shirt when searching Google and the Nexis news database.

This is not the first time images of Obama have been altered to falsely show him wearing a T-shirt with anti-Trump messaging. Reuters and Agence France-Presse fact-checked similar fake images of Obama.

PolitiFact and other news outlets have also fact-checked multiple false claims about well-known figures, including pop singer Taylor Swift, actor Tom Hanks and former first lady Michelle Obama, wearing this "NOPE Not again" T-shirt.

We rate the claim that a photo shows Obama wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt Pants on Fire!

Our Sources

Facebook post (archived), April 23, 2024

Facebook post (archived), April 19, 2024

Reverse-image searches using Google Images, TinEye and Yandex, April 25, 2024

Searches for Barack Obama wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt in Getty Images’ and The Associated Press’ photo databases, April 25, 2024

Searches Searches for Barack Obama wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt in Google and Nexis, April 25, 2024

PolitiFact, "No, this photo doesn’t show Taylor Swift wearing an anti-Trump shirt," Feb. 12, 2024

Reuters, "Fact Check: Picture of Michelle Obama with anti-Trump shirt is altered," Nov. 14, 2023

Reuters, "Pictures of public figures altered to include t-shirt with anti-Trump message," Feb. 14, 2022

Agence France-Presse, "'Nope, not again': Manipulated images used to sell anti-Trump shirts | Fact Check," Jan. 31, 2024

CNN, "Obama jumps in to help Biden defeat Trump again," March 27, 2024

Axios, "Scoop: Obama joins Biden in new pitch to small-dollar donors," April 19, 2024

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