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The claim: A photo shows George Clooney in a T-shirt saying, 'Losers in 1865, losers in 1945, losers in 2020'
The photo, published Sept. 11 on Facebook, shows Clooney sporting a T-shirt with the slogan “Losers in 1865, losers in 1945, losers in 2020.” The shirt includes icons beside each date – a Confederate flag, a swastika and a "Make America Great Again" hat – to compare the outcomes of the Civil War, World War II and now-former President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid.
Clooney has publicly criticized Trump in the past. But the photo in the posts is altered.
The original photo was taken in 2015, five years before Trump lost the 2020 election. Clooney’s T-shirt bore the name of his brand Casamigos Tequila.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment
Original photo showed Clooney's tequila brand
Getty Images photographer John Lamparski took the photo of Clooney on Sept. 8, 2015. The movie star's T-shirt did not sport the slogan seen in the Facebook post.
According to the photo caption, Clooney was on his way to the first-ever recording of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in New York City.
Despite the fact that the image in the Facebook post is altered, at least one online shirt seller has used the photo in its advertising.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rated ALTERED a photo claiming to show Clooney in a T-shirt saying, "Losers in 1865, losers in 1945, losers in 2020." The original photo was published in 2015, five years before Trump's reelection loss in 2020. It shows Clooney wearing a shirt with the name of his onetime tequila brand.
Our fact-check sources:
Stephen Budd, Sept. 15, Tweet
Shelly R Kirchoff, Sept. 16, Tweet
Getty Images, Sept. 8, 2015, George Clooney attends the first taping of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"
Google Reverse Image Search, accessed Sept. 17
USA TODAY, Jan. 10, 2013, Shots, anyone? George Clooney launches new tequila
USA TODAY, Sept. 17, Fact check: Photo of Chris Evans in 'Keep America Trumpless" t-shirt is altered
USA TODAY, Sept. 3, 2020, Fact check: Photo of Whoopi Goldberg in 'Trump' T-shirt is altered
Vanity Fair, June 20, 2020, George Clooney Gives Trump a Half Million Dollar Middle Finger
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Image of George Clooney in anti-Trump shirt is altered