Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s PAC unveiled the “official” Trump card this week via campaign email, and the token emblem — a golden eagle — seems to be a free stock image.
In an email sent on September 2, Trump’s PAC said, ”the card you select will be carried by Patriots all around the Country,” as reported by Business Insider. “They will be a sign of your dedicated support to our movement to SAVE AMERICA, and I’m putting my full trust in you. “ In a second email, they added: ”We’re about to launch our Official Trump Cards, which will be reserved for President Trump’s STRONGEST supporters.”
The piece of plastic had already been repeatedly compared to Nazi paraphernalia, and one of the designs contained a typo, mispelling “official.” And now, Insider has revealed that the creators of the “official cards,” which cost $45, seemingly obtained their eagle imagery from Shutterstock, free of charge.
Titled “Golden Eagle with wings spread,” the file is available for free download by signing up for a Shutterstock trial. It’s one of the most popular “eagle” options on the site, and the graphic designer who hosts the image is David Randall Peters. It’s also the third option to come up when you search “golden eagle illustration” on the site, so it doesn’t take a particularly deep dive to uncover its origins.
Below is an image of the stock photo, which can be downloaded as a high-resolution file for free, if you feel so inclined.
This is Trump’s “official card,” which again, will cost $45.
The purpose of the cards, as well as who is eligible to receive them, remains unclear.
Our thoughts are with the graphic designers behind the eagle and “official cards” at this time.