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Confused Washington Post writer fact-checks Trump’s light bulb joke (not the Onion)

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Confused Washington Post writer fact-checks Trump's light bulb joke (not the Onion)

On Thursday night, President Trump cracked a joke. Everyone got it except The Washington Post who thought he was serious so they actually fact-checked the President’s banter.

Seriously, this is a story from the Onion.

During his speech at the Republican retreat in Baltimore, President Trump joked about why he’s not a fan of new, energy-efficient lightbulbs.

This joke wooshed way over WAPO reporter Rebecca Tan‘s head. In fact, she was so confused Tan had no clue if it was a joke or not as she went all out “fact-checking” the President’s banter bashing out this masterpiece:

I know right. In it she says:

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.”

Yep, that happened. What a time to be alive hey.

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