Donald Trump’s and Ron DeSantis’ campaigns are striking each other after the 2024 Florida governor’s campaign premiered an AI-generated image of the former president embracing Dr. Anthony Fauci.
And how AI “deepfakes” of altered videos, photos, or audio depicting candidates saying or doing things they didn’t do could impact the 2024 election campaign. concerns are also growing.
“Fake image from fake campaign for fake candidate. This stunt had the energy of Ron DeSanctimonias leader Jeb Bush saying ‘please clap’,” Trump said. A campaign adviser told Fox News Digital about the image.
Freshman Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), one of President Trump’s most vocal allies in the Senate, said Thursday, “It’s totally unacceptable to smear Donald Trump with fake AI images. but we are in a new situation,” he tweeted. Be more skeptical of what you see on the Internet. ”
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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also shared Vance’s statement, adding that “these fake AI campaign ads need to be removed immediately.”
But when asked about Vance’s tweet, a person familiar with DeSantis’ operation accused Trump of sending misleading statements long before his social media posts were deleted.
“If the Trump team is upset about this, they will ask why they keep posting fake images and false arguments to smear the governor,” the source said. told to
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Just last month, Trump caused an uproar on Twitter by sharing an AI-generated video on Twitter Space that mocked Mr. DeSantis’ campaign announcement. It featured DeSantis, Twitter owner Elon Musk, George Soros, Adolf Hitler, and demons among the guest participants.
And amidst the growing influence of AI images showing Trump and Fauci, Christina Puchot, director of rapid response at DeSantis, posted a photoshopped image of DeSantis with Trump on top of a rhinoceros. I shared a post from the president’s Truth Social App account.
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“I think this is probably an AI-generated image. No one knows,” Pshow wrote on Twitter.
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Vance’s office did not respond to a request for comment on whether it believes political campaigns should be able to use AI-generated images and Photoshopped photos.
Trump remains the leading Republican nominee in the crowded 2024 race. DeSantis consistently ranks second in national polls, but trails Trump by double digits in most polls.