Ohio Sen. JD Vance (Republican) on Thursday used an image believed to be an AI-generated image of former President Trump gently hugging Dr. He blamed the DeSantis camp after being criticized for sharing a video criticizing its response to . Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD).
“Making Donald Trump tainted with fake AI images is totally unacceptable,” Vance said. “I won’t share them, but we are in a new era. Be even more skeptical of what you see on the internet.”
Staining Donald Trump with fake AI images is totally unacceptable. I won’t share, but we are in a new era. Be even more skeptical of what you see on the Internet.
— JD Vance (@JDVance1) June 8, 2023
His remarks followed a controversial video containing the image in question shared on Twitter by the DeSantis Warfare Chamber.
In a video shared by the DeSantis Warfare Chamber, the caption read, “Donald Trump famously fired countless people on television, but when it came to Fauci…”, he fired Fauci while in office. I blame Trump for not doing so.
At one point, the video shows six images of Trump and Fauci. But three of those images are of President Trump hugging Fauci as lovingly as he does. hugged It looks like the old American flag was not real and was generated by AI. One of the fake images shows Trump actually kissing Fauci on the cheek.
You can see the image from around 25 seconds.
Donald Trump became famous for firing countless people on *TV*
But when it comes to Fauci… pic.twitter.com/7Lxwf75NQm
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 5, 2023
AFP first pointed out Eliminate counterfeit images mixed with legitimate photos.
“Mixing real-looking and fake photos is despicable, but these three images were almost certainly AI-generated,” he said. Honey Farida professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an expert in digital forensics, misinformation, and image analysis.
Farid and two other media forensic experts surveyed by AFP agreed that the images had irregular features typical of those generated by AI.
Among other signs of forgery, the sign behind Trump and Fauci in the top left image of the collage resembles the background of the White House press conference room, but the text is unintelligible and reads “White House” or “Washington.” and not spelled correctly.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s head of rapid response, Christina Puchot, appears to have dismissed the criticism by sharing an apparently fake image that President Trump shared on Truth Social featuring DeSantis riding a rhinoceros.
“I think it’s probably an AI generated image. who knows? ” She mocked:
I think it’s probably an AI generated image. who knows? pic.twitter.com/QTeT6CvL8u
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) June 8, 2023
Podcaster Tim Poole was among those who publicly criticized the DeSantis team’s decision to include such realistic images in the video.
“I was 55/45 against Trump/DeSantis,” he wrote.now i[sic] DeSantis is 0%. It’s hard to use AI imagery to smear Trump. Mr. DeSantis must deny. ”
I was 55/45 against Trump/DeSantis
DeSantis currently has 0% approval rating
It’s hard to use AI imagery to smear President Trump
Mr. DeSantis must deny https://t.co/yH06jfhznV
— Tim Poole (@Timcast) June 8, 2023