Pete Souza, who worked as the White House photographer for former President Barack Obama, sent President Trump a subtle message on his Instagram.
On Wednesday night, Trump hosted right-wing provocateur Ted Nugent, failed vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and shitty musician Kid Rock for dinner at the White House, in what looked like a white trash gathering for the ages.
The pictures included Nugent sporting a shit-eating grin while shaking hands at the Oval Office with Trump at his desk, who was grinning like a cheshire cat as he sat next to a man who once compared former President Barack Obama to a Nazi and called slain unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin a “dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe.”
A truly repugnant scene from Wednesday night was a photo of Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, and Kid Rock standing underneath an official portrait of former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while making exaggerated poses and cheesy grins. In a post to her verified Facebook page, Shemane Nugent — wife of Ted — tagged the three using their official Facebook handles, but tagged the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee with the words “Fuck Fake Bitches.”
In response to the photo, Pete Souza simply posted a photo from the Obama era, in which President Obama is seen with White House chief of staff Bill Daley, sitting underneath a portrait of President Ronald Reagan, a conservative icon. In the photo, the two appear to be discussing presidential business. Souza captioned the photo with the words, “Being respectful.”
While Souza didn’t publicly acknowledge the disrespectful photo Trump’s guests took next to the Clinton portrait, the timing of the photo is an obvious nod, given Souza’s penchant for using his Instagram platform to compare Trump’s behavior to Obama’s.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.