Last night President Trump took a trip to Baltimore to speak at the annual Republican retreat. During his remarks, he discussed the political path forward for the GOP, taking on 2020 Democrat candidates and new administration policies.
In a moment of jest, the President took on "energy efficient" light bulbs and joked about how they always "make him look orange."
The Trump administration recently loosened regulations and bans on incandescent light bulbs implemented during the Bush administration.
In typical fashion, the leftist media is taking his statement literally and running fact checks.
From the Washington Post:
The comment drew laughs from the audience, though it was not immediately clear whether the president meant it in jest or in earnest. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
It is true that bulbs have different light temperatures, but the effect this has on someone’s complexion is typically not very significant, said Jocelyn Augustino, a D.C.-based freelance photographer.
“When you go into a family’s house, just because there are tungsten lights, I don’t think you look around the room and think everyone looks orange,” she said.
In situations where the president is being photographed or filmed, professional photographers will know to adjust the white balance so that it is accurate to what is being seen in person, she added. “It’s video or photo 101.”
Tamzin Smith, a portrait photographer in Rockville, Md., pointed out that Trump’s orange complexion is visible even when he is photographed against white backgrounds. If bulbs were responsible for casting a warm glow, anything white in a photo of the president — including the background, a white shirt, or even his teeth — should also be orange.
“You can see that even when his teeth are white, his skin is orangey-red,” Smith said. “It’s definitely not the lighting.”
Trump blamed energy-saving bulbs for making him look orange.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 13, 2019
Experts say probably not. https://t.co/PU6REk5QLJ
President Donald Trump on Thursday evening claimed that energy efficient light bulbs make him look orange, one in a series of bizarre claims about green energy and climate conservation in remarks to Republican House members in Baltimore.
President Trump on Thursday evening claimed that energy efficient light bulbs make him look orange. https://t.co/riozr6dBc9— CNN (@CNN) September 13, 2019
It was a joke, people!