The Margin: ‘Donald Trump’ explains money laundering to his son-in-law in ‘deepfake’ video

A fresh-faced version of President Donald Trump grabs a jar of Q-tips, some cotton balls and nail polish to help explain how money laundering works. “If you want to stay a criminal and not become, say, a convict,” he tells his son-in-law, “then maybe you should grow up and listen to your father-in-law.” Of course, it’s not really Trump. And, no, it’s not really Jared Kushner. But this “deepfake” from content creator Ctrl Shift Face does a pretty good job of capturing what a conversation between the two might look and sound like if it were to take place on the AMC hit show, “Breaking Bad.”

Dubbed “Better Call Trump,” an ode to the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” the clip offers another glimpse into an advanced video-editing technique that can be used in all sorts of problematic ways, ranging from passing along fake nudes to spreading misinformation. For now, deepfakes like “Better Call Trump” are usually easy to spot and are mostly used for fun — some, clearly, are better than others. This one, for instance, drew rave reviews:

This deepfake of Jim Carrey as Jack Nicholson is better than any CGI recreation I’ve seen in a Hollywood film. We are officially at a point in time where we can’t trust video recordings as being a trustworthy record.— 🎬 Jeremiah Warren 📷 (@jeremiahjw) July 9, 2019

In June, Palo Alto Assemblyman Marc Berman proposed a bill banning the proliferation of deepfakes 60 days before an election after a video circulated of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was edited to make her appear drunk. “Deepfakes are a powerful and dangerous new technology that can be weaponized to sow misinformation and discord among an already hyperpartisan electorate,” Berman said in a statement. As for Trump and deepfakes, well, he’s been targeted before:



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