A viral photo appears to expose the sharp line of where Donald Trump’s purported spray tan stops at the edge of his hairline, and critics are spreading the photo around on social media.
The picture was taken on Friday as Trump returned to the White House after appearing at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte. As Trump stood outside the White House, a gust of wind blew back his hair and exposed the line where his skin abruptly changes from an orange tone to a noticeably lighter white.
The picture was first shared by photographer William Moon on his White House Photos account on Twitter, quickly attracting viral interest. The original photo was retweeted more than 11,000 times, with many of the president’s critics taking the opportunity to mock the president for what they believed to be a poorly applied spray tan.
The same sharp line appeared on some images published by Getty Images from the president’s return to Washington on Friday, though not as close as Moon’s picture, It was not clear what caused the change in skin tone, whether it was from a spray tan as his critics had claimed or another reason, such as makeup.
This photo has not been altered. This is the president. https://t.co/nkYrU5QqVP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 8, 2020
The is not the first time that Donald Trump has suffered an embarrassing and viral moment while traveling on Air Force One. Back in 2018, video caught him walking up the steps to board Air Force One with a piece of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of his shoe. Like the picture of Trump’s spray tan line, the video gained popularity on social media and especially with outlets and individuals critical of Trump. The left-leaning Daily Kos even picked up on the video of the flap.
Trump’s apparent spray tan has long attracted attention, going back to his days as the star of the reality television show The Apprentice. Despite what many believe is a clear spray tan, the president officially denies that he uses anything to enhance his skin tone. The New York Times investigated his apparent spray tan and its origins, and the White House responded that the tone is just innate for the president.
“The official line from the White House, as with other matters surrounding the president’s physical health and appearance, is that Mr. Trump’s glow is the result of ‘good genes,’ ” the report noted, citing “a senior administration official who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.”