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Campaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo

Campaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo
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A campaign aide for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback Scalise carries a milk carton saying Harris is 'missing' at the border Harris to visit Mexico and Guatemala 'soon' MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday replaced President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE with the California lawmaker in a now-viral image of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) standing at a table across from the president during a meeting at the White House.

Harris campaign national press secretary Ian Sams altered the image — taken Wednesday as top Democratic lawmakers met with Trump and other administration officials about Syria — to show Harris standing across from Pelosi.

He captioned it: “Time for an upgrade.”

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The move prompted confusion from social media users, some of whom questioned why Pelosi, a Democrat, would be standing up to Harris in the same way that she would Trump, while some scrutinized the image for being poorly edited, SFGate reports.

Others began making their own “time for an upgrade” memes. 

Former Democratic presidential candidate and ex-Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel also weighed in, tweeting, “I can’t wait until Nancy Pelosi is berating my boss!”

Sams later deleted the tweet, telling SFGate that he was targeted by social media trolls.

"When I tried to make the point that we needed more than one strong woman leading a branch of government, rightwing trolls spammed my account," he wrote in an email.

The altered image comes a day after Pelosi and Trump feuded. The speaker and other Democratic leaders said they left a White House meeting when Trump insulted Pelosi as a “third-rate politician” during a meeting aimed at discussing his controversial decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

After the meeting, the Democrats said Trump had a “meltdown,” prompting the president to post the photo  that he alleged was evidence that it was, in fact, Pelosi who had a “meltdown" during their interaction. 

Pelosi clapped back by making the image her Twitter cover photo, with lawmakers and social media users alike praising the photo of her confronting the president.