Over the weekend Donald Trump retweeted a photo of an African-American family next to the words, “American Families for Trump,” implying the people support him.
Only they don’t. And they’re not happy with Trump.
Friends told Eddie and Vanessa Perry of Cincinnati about the tweet, according to the New York Daily News.
The picture of the Perrys was taken last year at Cincinnati’s annual Midwest Black Family reunion. Buzzfeed reports that the photo was “blindly plucked from Google image results,” tweeted out by a Trump supporter and retweeted by the candidate.
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Eddie Perry told Buzzfeed the picture was “misleading” and “taken out of context” and slammed it as “political propaganda.”
“I’m not saying there aren’t black families who endorse Trump,” he said. “However, this black family didn’t endorse anyone.”
Trump retweeted the photo on Saturday, the day after a rally in California where he pointed to a black man in the crowd and said, “Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about.”
Perry told Buzzfeed that when he saw the tweet featuring his family he immediately knew it was political propaganda.
“Why use it without asking for someone’s permission?” Perry said. “Why use our image without asking?”
The Hill reports that Twitter user @Don_Vito_08 who posted the original tweet has since deleted the post.
Trump has retweeted this user before. The Don Vito Twitter account was the source of the controversial tweet comparing Melania Trump to Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi.
Trump hasn’t commented about the Perry family mistake. But the prolific tweeter told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in May that one lesson he’s learned is to be careful of retweets.
“The thing that gets me in trouble is the retweets,” he told Kelly. “The retweet is really more of a killer than the tweets.”