Rykard Jenkins got a rude surprise recently when he found out that the 2020 Trump for president campaign decided to steal a photo of him and use Photoshop to turn him into an advertisement.
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— Rykard 🇬🇧 (@ItsRykard) September 13, 2019
Thing is, Jenkins isn’t even a U.S. citizen. He’s best known as a contestant on the British reality show “Love Island,” and the photo the Trump team appropriated was actually of him wearing a red baseball cap advertising the FXB brand, according to The Daily Dot:
Jenkins seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing, maybe because being across an ocean from Trump creates enough distance to laugh about being turned into a Trump supporter against your will. He shared a picture of a local news story about the Photoshop job, joking about the Viagra warning below it.
This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has been busted trying to pretend that African-American and Hispanic people are supporters of the president, as many on Twitter noted, along with the requisite outrage over the act itself:
publicly touching our hair without consent is no longer the most racist thing you can do to a black person’s head https://t.co/bhxqepAbUP
— Ben Philippe (@gohomeben) September 14, 2019
I’m well-aware of the huge online effort on the Right to fake black support for Trump. They even made a bunch of fake twitter accounts using stock photos of black folks. But this…this is getting out of hand. 😭 pic.twitter.com/FJEIwIrOQH
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) October 18, 2018
Others on social media urged Jenkins to file a lawsuit against the Trump campaign:
Come on man. If you feel that way, you might as well be a Trump supporter.
If money is tight, all the more reason to sue the POS.
— 🌊 Jumpsuits For Trumpsuits 🌊🆘 (@JumptyTrumpty) September 14, 2019
Find a lawyer and congrats on the bag you’re about to win https://t.co/0bPbNvb6TL
— Puneet Singh (@puneetsingh) September 14, 2019
I wonder if Trump will be in the Guinness Record books for most lawsuits filed against an individual?…
— Eliz-is currently unavailable-Bogosian (@Brainyack524) September 15, 2019