House Democrats Use Obama-Era Photo to Promote ‘Kids in Cages’ Hearing, Delete Tweet When They Get Called Out
House Democrats have deleted a tweet featuring children in border detention facilities that was being used to promote a hearing about “kids in cages” after being put on blast for using a photo that was taken during the Obama Administration.
The photo the House Oversight Committee used was taken by the Associated Press in 2014.
Here in red is the portion of the 2014 photo used by House Democrats today.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 9, 2019
The Trump campaign immediately flagged the tweet, writing “House Democrats are promoting their ‘civil rights’ hearing on ‘kids in cages’ and ‘inhumane treatment’ with a photo from 2014, when Joe Biden was Vice President. So dishonest!”
The House Committee Republicans also responded to the now-deleted tweet, asking if they knew it was a photo from 2014.
“Remind us who was president then,” the account replied.
Fox News reports that “the hearing, still scheduled, will be held Wednesday by the Oversight Committee’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee. Democrats on that panel include Chairman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.”
“The pictures used by House Democrats have been mistakenly linked to the Trump administration and shared online before by Democrats and liberal activists. A 2018 Associated Press fact check noted that a number of lawmakers and activists had deleted tweets after the error had been pointed out to them,” the Fox News report continued.