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Obama portrait did not fall as Trump’s was unveiled at Colorado Capitol

August 9, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Video captures a painting of former President Barack Obama falling off the wall as President Donald Trump’s portrait was unveiled at the Capitol in Colorado.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video was edited to make it appear that the former president’s portrait fell as Trump’s portrait was revealed during an event at the Capitol. 

THE FACTS: Obama’s portrait stayed firmly on the wall during the unveiling, according to Thomas Peipert, an Associated Press reporter who covered the Aug. 1 unveiling. 


In the altered video, which circulated across social media platforms, Obama’s portrait falls from the wall as the cover is pulled to unveil Trump’s portrait. Not a single head turns as the picture falls. 

The manipulated video was initially shared as a joke and tagged as comedy on Twitter. It was later shared on Facebook with comments suggesting users believed the portrait had fallen.

The AP reported that Colorado Republicans raised more than $100,000 on GoFundMe to have Trump’s portrait painted by Sarah Boardman, who was also the artist for Obama’s portrait at the Capitol.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536