(ConservativeHub.com) – On Tuesday, January 9, former President Donald Trump denounced allegations that he was associated with Jeffrey Epstein. He said he had never been on Epstein’s private plane or “stupid island.” These comments came after two artificially generated images of the two made the rounds online, according to a report from The Hill.
Trump took to his social media website Truth Social to argue that this was the action the Democrats were taking against their political opponent who was leading the presidential polls. He said the images were AI, which he considers a threat to the United States. He added that there needed to be stronger laws created against the usage of AI, as it is going to develop into a much bigger and more dangerous issue in the future.
Along with his comments, Trump also shared screenshots from The Daily Mail’s article where actor Mark Ruffalo apologized for having shared the AI-generated images of Trump and Epstein on his plane. These photos came only days after the release of court documents related to Epstein’s decades of sexual abuse. Around 150 people were mentioned in parts of the civil suit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Epstein. Many documents were recently many public.
In the documents, there were mentions of several powerful figures including Prince Andrew, former President Clinton, and Trump. Figures mentioned included not only associates of Epstein, but other people mentioned in the case such as victims and witnesses. The presence of a person’s name in the documents does not necessarily indicate wrongdoing. Epstein died in 2019 in a Manhattan jail.
In his apology, Ruffalo noted that he didn’t realize at the time of sharing the photos that they were generated using AI. Following his post, some users on X, formerly known as Twitter, fact-checked the image only to realize it was generated with AI.
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