Melania Trump cropped out of viral photo was 'an honest mistake' by Lubbock Co. Democratic Party

Melania Trump cropped out of viral photo was 'an honest mistake' by Lubbock Co. Democratic Party
Screenshot of the photo from the Lubbock Democratic Party Headquarters (Source: Facebook)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A photo of four past presidents and three first ladies at former First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral on April 21, 2018 went viral. The image quickly went viral -- a symbol of the strength and continuity of American democracy said a reporter for CNN Chris Cillizza.

The man who took the original photo, Paul Morse is a New Orleans-based photographer.

According to CNN, the photo was organized at the reception prior to the funeral service. It was taken before they walked into the service.

Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama and Melania Trump joined George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Laura Bush in the photo.

The day after the photo went viral, the Lubbock County Democratic Party Headquarters posted the photo without a caption - however, it was missing one person. The photo had been cropped to show everyone except Melania Trump.

When KCBD reached out to the Lubbock County Democratic Party Headquarters to learn why the photo was cropped, Leo Flores, the Vice Chair said, "It was an honest mistake."

He told KCBD he grabbed the photo from his (Facebook) feed and must have grabbed the wrong one. He said once he noticed the mistake, the post had more than 30 comments on it so he decided to leave it alone.

He also said he got busy and has not edited the social media post to say it was an error.

After speaking with KCBD, the post was edited and the caption of the photo now reads:

I apologize for posting an incomplete picture. I didn't realize anyone was missing until it was pointed out. Thank you for your concern.

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