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You wouldn’t expect the president to be entangled in drama relating to plagiarism, but Trump seems to have found himself in the middle of two such matters… in a single day.
On 12 February, the Republican Party uploaded a poster with a slogan that seems to have been lifted off Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
Also on 12 February, The New York Times published a feature revealing that POTUS had tweeted an image taken by Iranian photojournalist Yalda Moayeri without seeking her permission, neither did he take the photo’s context into account.
Moayeri, 37, told the newspaper that day that she felt “cheated and abused” at the misappropriation of her photo, which Trump had uploaded on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution.
“It causes me great sorrow to see the man who is inflicting so much pain upon me and my compatriots to use my image for his own agenda. I did not take this risk to have someone using it to pressure us Iranians even further,” the photojournalist said.
President Trump criticized Iran’s leadership in his graphic, which was tweeted in both English and Persian. The photo was accompanied with the text, “40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future.”
It was a cutout of Moayeri’s image showing a young woman covering her mouth to block out a cloud of fumes.
“Our money became worthless,” the photographer lamented. “People are becoming poor. Because of his travel ban, many Iranians cannot visit their family members in the United States.”
Moayeri added that her father lives in the US, but the travel ban has prohibited her from entering the country to visit him.
“I just don’t want to be any part of his agenda against Iran.”
Unfortunately, she is aware that there isn’t much she can do legally about her photo being used by the US president.
“It’s not as if I can sue the president of the United States as an Iranian, so I guess this is all I can do,” she revealed on Instagram.
[via The Hill, images via various sources]
40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future. pic.twitter.com/bA8YGsw9LA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019