Skip to comments.Man behind fake presidential seal is former Republican who opposes Trump
Posted on 07/25/2019 6:49:14 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
The man who created the altered 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 former Republican who voted for former President George W. Bush twice, told The Washington Post in an interview.
The Post noted that Leazott crafted the fake presidential seal following the 2016 presidential election. But the design grabbed widespread attention on Thursday after news outlets reported that Trump had appeared in front of Leazott's interpretation 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 an altered 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 logo was interpreted widely as a knock at the president's relationship with Moscow and his love of golfing at his namesake courses.
Im a graphic designer, its 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 Post first reported that Turning Point USA was looking into how the seal appeared while Trump was on stage. An unnamed source later told CNN that an audiovisual aide responsible for the seal had been dismissed.
A source familiar with the event emphasized to CNN that there was "zero malicious intent" behind the image. The source added that the mistake stemmed from a Google search mistake.
"One of our video team members did a Google Image search for a high-res png (file) presidential seal," a source said, adding that the individual "did the search and with the pressure of the event, didn't notice that it is a doctored seal."
A White House spokesman told The Hill that officials had not seen the seal before it was displayed.
Turning Point USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The Post noted that the altered presidential seal first appeared on the internet on an online marketplace that Leazott launched to sell apparel and stickers that included the logo. The site also includes coffee mugs and shirts that mock the president.
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.
"Ive 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.
At least he’s too white to become a Rat Congressobamahole.
Always has been
[ the row of hammer & sickle images ]
Would he have done this for Hillary and Uranium One?
I’m guessing he wouldn’t have.
He just got his Democrat talking points out there. Republican - as much a John McCain ever was.
No big deal. The guy gets 1.5 minutes of fame in never-Trumper circles which is about a dozen people.
He can be Bernie’s running mate
Is this guy a teenager? About time to grow up. I grew up with four brothers. Every one went to the military as young guys to protect this country. One Navy after Pearl Harbor, age 18. Two Air Force for Korea, ages 18 and 19. Fourth Vietnam, age 17.
I am sickened by the immaturity and disrespect from guys like this one. Did you never have a mother to teach you basic manners and respect? Just disappear for the sake of your country that so many fought and died for.
One of the quickest ways to find out if someone is a fake Republican is when they claim that they “served in Iraq”’, “voted for Bush, TWICE” and they “drive a HONDA Prius”.
Never saw that before.
Consequences for what? He made a humorous alteration to a picture. Someone else posted it behind the President at an event (apparently "by mistake"). What consequences would you like for someone who makes humorous jabs at politicians? How many FReepers do you want to see in jail?
Uncle Buck. Worth a go.
I’ve only seen parts. Thanks for the info.
Oh sure he was once a republican.
How did I know he would look like that.
Do you see many people at rallies that look like this kook.
He is the typical Libtard, Leftist, Antifa, KKK all rolled up into one.
Sure he is.
You are welcome.
I wonder if he likes cheese pizza?
Nobody noticed it? Incompetence.
Since Irving Kristol and his fellow Trotskyists (Neocons) usurped the party sometime after WWII, yes.
They hated Goldwater, Reagan, Buchanan, and Trump. That is going back at least over 50 years.
Secret service is giving Trump some good protection. /s
If a hostile person who bears ill will towards Trump can place something like that, that close to Trump, it could have just as easily been a bomb. They aren’t paying attention.
One of President Trump’s great accomplishments is chasing those asshats out of the GOP.
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