Trump Literally Smooching Fauci? DeSantis AI Ad Lights Up The Internet

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Diana Glebova White House Correspondent
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign released an ad Monday with pictures featuring fake images of former President Donald Trump kissing Dr. Anthony Fauci, drawing a firestorm of responses online.

The DeSantis War Room ad showed clips of the former president saying his famous line, “you’re fired,” before switching to videos of Trump praising Fauci and refusing to fire him.

One video clip included six images of Trump and Fauci together, and, despite saying “Real Life Trump” at the top of the frame, featured three AI pictures of the two men either kissing or being physically close.

The three images have the characteristics of being AI-generated, including the appearance of Trump’s hair and the spelling of the signage behind them, AFP said in a fact check.

MAGA Inc., Trump’s Super PAC, criticized the ad as covering up DeSantis’ COVID-19 response.

“Ron DeSantis has to rely on fake images because the real record shows that he’s lying about his COVID response. He shut down Florida and praised Fauci,” MAGA Inc said on Twitter.

The Florida governor and the former president have traded frequent blows about the other’s COVID responses, vaccines and Fauci. Trump could not have directly fired Fauci and the chief White House medical adviser could have appealed his termination, CNN reported, but he could have been sidelined more. (RELATED: Trump’s Fauci Defense: DeSantis Praised Him Too)

Several Republicans jumped in to defend Trump against the use of AI.

Others pointed to those close to Trump allegedly using fake pictures or deceptive editing in the past.

Many users expressed concern about how AI will impact elections and misinformation in the future. (RELATED: Biden Admin Announces Plan To Counter Risks Of AI)

Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry from the Daily Caller.