The story began on Friday, when a Twitter account called , with a bio billing it as belonging to a White House Correspondent, Journalist, Photographer, Poet and Pesco Vegetarian named William Moon, posted a pair of images. Both captured Trump as he crossed the south lawn of the presidential residence.
@realDonaldTrump returns to the White House from Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by William Moon at the South Lawn of the White House on February 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/n1a1Z93LrJ White House Photos (@photowhitehouse)
The wind had swept back his hair, revealing a dramatic patch of untanned skin along his hairline. The first photo, , has received nearly 13,000 retweets, prompting #orangeface to trend, with comparisons between Trump and , the and . In a second, , the contrast between Trumps face and hairline was even more apparent.
Thank-you, William Moon, for so perfectly exposing the facade of the pretend president behind the curtain. pic.twitter.com/ODBf0JtN6e DeGhst (@de_gohst)
My god, is it “The Spray-Tan of Dorian Gray?” Harry R. Sohl (@Harry_R_Sohl)
An unflattering picture or two is pretty much to be expected when youre among the most photographed people in the world. But Trump felt compelled to respond, about the black-and-white image, More Fake News. This was photoshopped, obviously, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Anything to demean!
More Fake News. This was photoshopped, obviously, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Anything to demean! https://t.co/t8ptYMCYHf Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Other photos from the same time show a less-dramatic tan line, prompting questions about the images authenticity. White House Photos , This picture was never photoshopped, but used the Apple smartphones photo app to adjust the color of the picture. Trump has not responded to that tweet yet, so maybe the leader of the free world is busy with other things.