FACTCHECK: Is this image of Bruce Springsteen wearing a shirt advocating for Donald Trump to be imprisoned?

FACTCHECK: Is this image of Bruce Springsteen wearing a shirt advocating for Donald Trump to be imprisoned?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows musician Bruce Springsteen wearing a shirt that says, “You can not buy happiness but you can convict Trump and that is kind of the same thing.”

Facebook/Screenshot

Facebook/Screenshot

Verdict: False

The image is digitally altered. Original image of Springsteen in a shirt with no political messages.

Fact Check:

Springsteen has been vocal about his disapproval of former President Donald Trump, who he labeled a “threat to our democracy” in a 2020 interview with Billboard. He also called for citizens to vote Trump out of office in that year’s presidential election, according to USA Today.

An image shared on Facebook over 250 times appears to show the musician wearing a black t-shirt that says, “You can not buy happiness but you can convict Trump and that is kind of the same thing.” (RELATED: Does This Image Show Several Public Figures Wearing ‘Keep America Trumpless’ Shirts? )

The image is digitally altered. A reverse image search revealed the picture first appeared in 2015 on the Ace Show Biz photo gallery. Notably, the image was taken before Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016 and shows the singer wearing a plain black t-shirt without any political messaging.

The same, unaltered picture can be found in 2015 articles published by the Daily Mail and the Spanish-language outlet Hola. The caption in the Daily Mail says, “Proud papa”: Bruce was dressed casually in black jeans and a T-shirt when he attended the event.”

This isn’t the first time that an anti-Trump message was added to a Springsteen photo. Check Your Fact has previously discredited images of Springsteen wearing T-shirts that had the words “Keep America Trumpless” printed on them.

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