When President Trump appeared before an eager crowd of young conservatives at Turning Point USA’s student summit this week, he stood proudly in front of a fake presidential seal that was altered to mock his alleged ties to Russia and his golfing habit.
The eagle on the fake seal has two heads, rather than one, a clear reference to Russia’s coat of arms, the Washington Post points out. In the real presidential seal, the eagle holds 13 arrows in its left talon, signifying the first 13 states. But in the fake one, it holds 13 golf clubs, signifying Trump’s golf obsession.
The banner above the eagle is also altered on the fake seal. Rather than “E pluribus unum,” the motto of the United states, it says “45 es un titere,” Spanish for “45 is a puppet.” Here’s a clearer image of the mocking seal.
The altered seal appears to have come from an online retailer called “OneTermDonnie,” the Post reports, but it’s not clear how it ended up behind Trump Tuesday. Neither the White House nor TPUSA knew how it got there, they told the paper.
“It was a last-minute A/V mistake — and I can’t figure out where the breakdown was — but it was a last minute throw-up, and that’s all it was,” a spokesperson for TPUSA said. “I can’t figure out who did it yet.”
Update: CNN reported Thursday afternoon that the TPUSA aide was fired for the mistake. A source within the organization told CNN that there was “zero malicious intent” and the mistake was the result of a hasty Google search.