FACT CHECK: Was This Yellow-Colored Trump Water Distributed In East Palestine, Ohio?
A photo shared on Facebook allegedly shows Former President Donald Trump distributed water in East Palestine, Ohio, with a yellow tint during his visit to the town.
This photo is digitally fabricated. It was posted originally by an account that is known for sharing photoshopped images.
Trump made a visit to East Palestine, Ohio where he donated cleaning supplies as well as Trump-branded water bottles to citizens who are still expressing concern over the safety of the water supply following a train derailment Feb. 3, Business Insider reported. In total, 9 pallets were donated to the town with the help of two moving companies, according to WKBN, an Ohio-area news outlet.
A Facebook post claims to show that this donated water was bright yellow. The post shares a photo of a case of water bottles with Trump branding titled “Trump Ice.”
“I Just Can’t Believe How Stupid the State of Ohio Has Become!!” the post reads. “Look at this it is what Trump brought with him to grift with!! Trump is grifting the people of E. Palestine pushing his own ‘colorful’ water.”
This image is digitally fabricated, however. A reverse image search reveals that the photo was published in a CNN article in 2015 without the yellow coloring. The article covers Trump-branded water Trump sent Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio as a prank.
Text overlaid on the image shows the social media handle @PaulLeeDicks, who posted the photo on Twitter. He is also known as Tom Adelsbach on Facebook, where his bio reads, “Changing the world by any ‘memes’ necessary.” Check Your Fact has previously debunked claims from this individual.
If I lived in East Palestine, Ohio – there’s NO waaaaaaaaaaaaaay I’d drink the Trump Water.#PeeTapes pic.twitter.com/nH4MvGmwfP
— PaulLeeDicks (@PaulLeeDicks) February 22, 2023
Check Your Fact has reached out to Trump’s office for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. (RELATED: Does This Video Show The Aftermath Of The Feb. 3 Train Derailment In East Palestine, Ohio?)
This is not the first time misinformation about the train derailment has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim a photo showed thousands of dead fish due to the event.