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Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:08 PM

Meet the man who created the fake presidential seal -- a former Republican fed up with Trump

Charles Leazott hadn’t thought about the seal in months.

The 46-year-old graphic designer threw it together after the 2016 presidential election — it was one part joke, one part catharsis. He used to be a proud Republican. He voted for George W. Bush. Twice.

But Donald J. Trump’s GOP was no longer his party. So he created a mock presidential seal to prove his point.

He substituted the arrows in the eagle’s claw for a set of golf clubs — a nod to the new president’s favorite pastime. In the other set of talons, he swapped the olive branch for a wad of cash and replaced the United States’ Latin motto with a Spanish insult. Then, his coup de grace: a two-headed imperial bird lifted straight from the Russian coat of arms, an homage to the president’s checkered history with the adversarial country.

“This is the most petty piece of art I have ever created,” the Richmond resident said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The seal wasn’t meant for a wide audience. But then, years later, it wound up stretched across a jumbo-tron screen behind an unwitting President Trump as he spoke to a conference packed with hundreds of his young supporters.

That was Tuesday. On Wednesday, The Post was the first to report that the seal was fake — and that neither the White House, nor Turning Point USA, the organizers of the star-studded Teen Student Action Summit, knew how it got there or where it came from. Leazott woke up Thursday and saw the news in a Reddit post as he drank his morning coffee. Then, a torrent of messages.

“It’s been chaos,” he said. “This is not what I expected when I woke up today.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/25/meet-man-who-created-fake-presidential-seal-former-republican-fed-up-with-trump/?fbclid=IwAR0UrPKzeeEnVdFnSWUP-wThQnOTMw_hlynVSY8epB3-wv13phydUkhPVxY&utm_term=.4a7e9b3c5420

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Reply Meet the man who created the fake presidential seal -- a former Republican fed up with Trump (Original post)
CatWoman Jul 25 OP
CatWoman Jul 25 #1
Dennis Donovan Jul 25 #2
dalton99a Jul 25 #3
TheBlackAdder Jul 25 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 25 #4
Hekate Jul 25 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 25 #6
Blue_true Jul 25 #25
srobertss Jul 25 #31
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 25 #32
nolabear Jul 25 #7
CatWoman Jul 25 #27
CatWoman Jul 26 #37
Niagara Jul 25 #8
thegoose Jul 25 #9
ProfessionalLeft Jul 26 #35
malaise Jul 25 #10
onetexan Jul 25 #11
dalton99a Jul 25 #12
onetexan Jul 25 #18
mercuryblues Jul 25 #17
lpbk2713 Jul 25 #13
DFW Jul 25 #30
onecaliberal Jul 25 #14
Tanuki Jul 25 #15
mfcorey1 Jul 25 #21
Gothmog Jul 25 #16
UTUSN Jul 25 #20
maddiemom Jul 25 #22
Richard D Jul 25 #23
Richard D Jul 25 #24
Blue_true Jul 25 #26
lastlib Jul 25 #28
CaptYossarian Jul 25 #33
perdita9 Jul 25 #29
Tanuki Jul 26 #36
LibDemAlways Jul 25 #34
dlk Jul 26 #38
Pacifist Patriot Jul 26 #39
dlk Jul 26 #40
Brother Buzz Jul 26 #42
StarfishSaver Jul 26 #41
CatWoman Jul 26 #43
mnhtnbb Jul 26 #44
StarfishSaver Jul 26 #45
Sogo Jul 26 #46

Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:10 PM

1. ...

But, Leazott said, it’s him who gets the last laugh. A photo of Trump in front of his seal is now his computer background, and the person who used it at the event is “either wildly incompetent or the best troll ever — either way, I love them.”

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:11 PM

2. Well done on his part!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:12 PM

3. Great job

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:34 PM

19. Yep, that's Trump's Motto: 45 is a Puppet!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:13 PM

4. It was brilliant.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:16 PM

5. He can make a bundle on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers...

He can hire the guy who got fired and put him to work manufacturing the stuff.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:05 PM

25. I ordered the iPhone case.

The dude selling it could be a rightwinger, I don't care, I love the case and dig at the Moron in Chief.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 09:17 PM

31. I bought two tshirts

One for me and one for my husband. Somehow I thought that the person who displayed it and was fired was also the artist. I want to support the person who put it up and was fired along with the artist! They’re a hero also.

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Response to srobertss (Reply #31)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 09:22 PM

32. The graphic designer had nothing to do with the Trump meeting -

he didn't even know about it until it turned up in the news. Still, it's brilliant.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:20 PM

7. A company called Inktale has them! I am so ordering something.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:13 PM

27. thanks Nola

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 08:39 AM

37. I ordered a t shirt last night :)

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:21 PM

8. Cleverly done!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:22 PM

9. Whatever

Too little too late. We're already in hell and cutsie visuals won't do shit.

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Response to thegoose (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 01:32 AM

35. Dig it

 

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:25 PM

10. The Con and his lackeys were

conned - absolutely delish

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:25 PM

11. So what was the spanish insult??



Hats off to the brilliant graphic artist

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Response to onetexan (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:26 PM

12. '45 is a puppet'

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:28 PM

18. THANKS!

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Response to onetexan (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:28 PM

17. It's a puppet

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:27 PM

13. I can just imagine what the Trumpsters in the crowd are thinking today ...




"HEY! We been bamboozled!"

BWAHAHAHA

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 09:04 PM

30. They have a big dilemma

Either lie and say they got the joke, and it didn‘t bother them, or admit that ALL of them, up to and including Trump, never had the slightest idea that something wasn‘t right with the seal.

Neither option could be very appealing to them.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:27 PM

14. I love it.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:28 PM

15. He has a product website, and has pledged 10% of his profits to the ACLU

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:47 PM

21. I love that blue cap: KEEP AMERICA SANE!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:28 PM

16. This is a great article

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:44 PM

20. K&R excellent!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 07:58 PM

22. Mr. Leazott: are you single?

I have a daughter in the same line of work who is presently unattached. Seriously, the seal is beyond clever! Reminds me of something my kid would come up with.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:03 PM

24. Someone lost their job

A member of a conservative US group has been fired after projecting a doctored version of the presidential seal at an event featuring President Donald Trump.

A representative for the group, Turning Point USA, told the Washington Post that the fake seal was a mistake, the result of a rushed online search.

But while the group called the slip-up "unacceptable", they maintained there was no "malicious intent".

So what's the story behind the doctored presidential seal?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49116539

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Response to Richard D (Reply #24)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:11 PM

26. So she made an explainable mistake and they fired her.

Hopefully that is a life lesson that she has chosen to associate with the wrong type of people and that she should step back and evaluate her views.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:18 PM

28. Only one thing I would change on it:

s/b "The Great STeal of the pResident of the United States"

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Response to lastlib (Reply #28)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 10:04 PM

33. I would have thrown a mushroom in there. Otherwise, brilliant.

In 2020, we'll find out just how many former Repubs are out there.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 08:54 PM

29. Does Mr. Leazott sell posters?

If so, I'd like to buy one along with a bumper sticker and stationary

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Response to perdita9 (Reply #29)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 08:34 AM

36. Yes, he has posters, bumper stickers, T-shirts and hats

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2019, 10:11 PM

34. A row of hammer and sickles as well. All bases covered!

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:38 AM

38. Hope the Publicity Will Generate Lots of Job Offers, Since Leazott was Fired

Keep us posted.

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Response to dlk (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:49 AM

39. He wasn't fired.

The aide who selected the image for projection was terminated. The creator of the seal had nothing to do with it being projected at the event.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #39)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:51 AM

40. My Bad, I Hope Whomever Was Fired Received Lots of Job Offers

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Response to dlk (Reply #38)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

42. Leazott wasn't fired, the audio visual kid at Turning Point USA was sacked

Business was so brisk Leazott had to contract with a Fulfillment Center to fill the orders. Leazott said that whoever put the graphic behind Trump (the fired audio visual kid at Turning Point USA) is "my absolute hero."

https://www.businessinsider.com/fake-presidential-seal-made-former-republican-dislikes-trump-2019-7

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 10:51 AM

41. The White House Communications Agency used to handle all of the AV needs of a presidential event

Where was WHCA and how did they let a stranger provide the graphics to be projected behind the president of the United States?

Sounds like this poor woman is being made a scapegoat for REALLY bad White House advance staff work

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #41)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:35 AM

43. yup

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #41)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:49 AM

44. Of course. Nobody knows in the WH

what the hell they are doing. Incompetent. Unprepared. Unqualified. The only requirement for being employed at the WH is allegiance to Hair Fuerher.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #44)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 11:50 AM

45. This applies to the political appointees, but not to WHCA

They are absolutely top-notch. I suspect a staffer is responsible for this since WHCA is unlikely to have let something like this happen.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #44)

Fri Jul 26, 2019, 01:09 PM

46. "Hair Fuerher"....LOL!

Love it!!

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