MoDOT apologizes for 'error in judgment' in editing photo

Mitchel Lemons MoDOT photo
Posted at 10:35 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 11:35:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A division of the Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized after editing a photo of a boy wearing apparel in support of President Donald Trump.

MoDOT’s Northeast District posted the photo of Mitchel Lemons, from Nebo, Illinois, on Friday. In the photo, Lemon’s hat appeared to be blurred so that only “2020” was visible, and the picture was cropped so that his shirt was not seen.

In a separate post, MoDOT’s Northeast District said it apologized “for the error in judgment in editing this photo” and posted the original picture, which showed the boy’s “Trump 2020” shirt and his matching hat.

Lemons won a raffle for the opportunity to “push the button” to detonate two spans of the old Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, Missouri.

In a statement to KSDK in St. Louis, MoDOT said the "response to feedback from the original post questioning whether MoDOT was campaigning led to an error in judgment in editing the photo. We recognized and apologized for the error and reposted the original photo and Facebook post."