'Look at this photograph': Twitter removes President Trump's tweet using Nickelback song
Twitter has removed a video posted by President Trump after complaints over his usage of the hit Nickelback song "Photograph."
Trump tweeted the video, which features a clip from the track's music video, on Wednesday evening. In the original video, the band's lead singer, Chad Kroeger, is shown singing the words, "Look at this photograph," while holding up an image of his younger self.
In the president's version, which comes amid an impeachment inquiry into a July phone call between Trump and Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky, a different photograph is used.
"LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH," the president tweeted along with the now-removed video.
The version of the clip shared by Trump instead shows Kroeger holding up an image of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden playing golf with a Ukrainian gas company board member. Trump has accused Biden of pressuring Ukraine's top prosecutor in order to benefit his son's business connections in the country.
That accusation has been at the center of the ongoing impeachment hearing, in which the House is now investigating whether or not Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate the Bidens' dealings in Ukraine. The president has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, calling the inquiry "BULLS***" and saying that Democrats are "wasting everyone's time."
Trump's Nickelback video was seemingly an attempt to show there was in fact reason for him to be investigating the BIdens' involvement with Ukranian companies. In the tweet, Biden is first shown denying that he has any knowledge of his son's business connections there. Shortly thereafter, Kroeger reveals the photo.
However, Politifact reported that the man labeled in the video as a "Ukranian gas exec" is actually Devon Archer, a longtime business partner of Hunter Biden. The two men joined the board of a Ukranian energy company together in 2014.
Despite all of the controversy surrounding the image, it seems as though the Nickelback tweet was taken down for simply legal reasons. The Guardian reported that the complaint to Twitter was made by Warner Media Group, which owns the rights to the "Photograph" music video.
This is at least the second time the president has had a tweet taken down for copyright reasons. In April, he shared a campaign video using music from the film "The Dark Knight Rises." The movie's score, composed by Hans Zimmer, is owned by Warner Bros.