Daily Mail Confuses Trudeau With Pic Of Man In Drag

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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A New York writer went on the record correcting a Daily Mail story that purported to show a picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in drag.

On Friday, Brian Gresko tweeted:

“This is not Justin Trudeau! It’s me, 1998, Oberlin College Drag Ball,” Gresko said.

The Daily Mail removed the picture from its story.

The British online tabloid was doing a critical piece on Trudeau, documenting how the flashy and sometimes outlandish leader saw his popularity plummet after a disastrous visit to India.

“From the gaudy costumes straight out of a Bollywood wedding to the toe-curling burst of Bhangra dancing, it was a state visit India would rather forget.”

“And when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — the ‘rock star’ of liberal politics — flew home to cold, grey Ottawa after an eight-day tour (longer than the Indian government wanted) last week, he did so not with the applause he’s used to ringing in his ears, but mocking laughter,” the Mail wrote.

In the section that originally featured the misidentified photograph, the Daily Mail speculated: “Trudeau may have acquired his hippy ethos and taste for flowing robes and floral necklaces from his mother, Margaret, a Sixties rebel who once said: ‘I don’t intend to be just a rose in my husband’s lapel.’ She proved it by walking out on her young family — Justin and his two younger brothers — and repeatedly flying off to join up with the Rolling Stones’ hard-partying entourage.”

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