A viral photo depicting U.S. President Donald Trump posing for a picture with white nationalist personality "Millennial Matt" has been proven a fake.
The photo, which was used as Millennial Matt's profile picture on Twitter, was captured by another Twitter user named Raf Sanchez, a reporter for The Telegraph, reports the Daily Wire. Sanchez then posted the photo along with another, showing Matt in a torch-wielding crowd of white nationalist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"Here's a photo of Millennial Matt with Trump and carrying a burning torch in Charlottesville," reads the caption from Sanchez. "This isn't complicated," he concluded.
Sanchez's post quickly gathered steam around social media. It had picked up more than 24,000 retweets and 28,000 likes, in addition to more than 1,000 replies before being deleted.
Users responding to the post quickly notified Sanchez that the photo of Trump and Matt was, in fact, fake. It had been doctored to include Matt when he had not really taken a photo with the president at all.
Sanchez deleted the tweet and issued a retraction.
"It appears Millennial Matt's profile picture is photoshopped," Sanchez wrote, including the original photo showing Trump posing with an entirely different person.
"It's right to correct," he followed in a separate tweet. "It's also right that a great many of the Nazis in Charlottesville were Trump supporters. Ask David Duke."
Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist organization Ku Klux Klan, was present at the rally, according to The Hill. Duke offered his commendation to the white nationalists present at the event, as well as making clear that the day's events were a part of making Trump's campaign promises a reality.
"This represents a turning point for the people of this country," Duke said. "We are determined to take our country back, we're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back and that's what we gotta do."
Many people across social media were critical of Trump's response to the white nationalist rally and subsequent protest, accusing him of being lenient -- and perhaps sympathetic -- to the organization. Trump called for an end to the violence perpetrated by "many sides," reports The New York Times.
"He needs to call out the white supremacists, he needs to call out the neo-Nazis to say these people should not be in our country," said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "I do think it’s the president’s responsibility to take leadership on this. It’s what any American would do. Now is the time to step up."