During a speech at the Republican retreat on Thursday night in Baltimore, President Trump explained why he’s not a fan of new, energy-efficient lightbulbs.
In the clip below, he tells his audience, “The light’s no good. I always look orange.” And the crowd loved it.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 13, 2019
Clearly, the President was joking. But that didn’t stop the Washington Post from fact-checking his comment.
In an article entitled “Trump blamed energy-saving bulbs for making him look orange. Experts say probably not,” writer Rebecca Tan weighs in:
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.
Experts say probably not. https://t.co/PU6REk5QLJ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 13, 2019
A clear case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.