(WEHT) – President Trump talked about his work to strengthen the economy in his State of the Union address, a theme he is pushing in his campaign ads, including the one seen Sunday night during the Super Bowl.
Also in that ad, a Vanderburgh County woman who isn’t too happy about her new popularity.
“I was shocked.”
Rose Ingram was watching the Superbowl with the rest of the 100 million of us, and her face popped up. It was in the middle of a Trump campaign ad, touting his success with African American employment. Problem is, Rose is not a Trump supporter.
“I want it to be exposed as fake news.”
She did not agree to be in his commercial.
“It looks like I’m a Trump supporter, and I’m not. It misrepresents me.”
So how did the video fall into the hands of the Trump campaign? Rose remembers the video shot at the Toyota plant in Princeton, Indiana.
“I can’t remember if it was for an anniversary or a launch, but it was for Toyota,” she said.
She admits she signed a release for her to be shown in that video.
“I was proud to work at Toyota. so yes absolutely I was gonna participate.”
She was working on the assembly line at Toyota’s Princeton plant, and this was all more than 8 years ago.
“He had nothing to do with my employment at Toyota when that was filmed. It was filmed long before 2012. Trump wasn’t even campaigning or in office,” she told said.
Rose, who retired just last October, contacted Toyota human resources and was told they are investigating but they’re not sure how the Trump campaign got the video. She was told when production companies come in and do those videos, they are not given the right to use them for any other purposes.
“I have not known Toyota for the 20 years that I’ve worked there to take a political stance on anything.”
Rose is also contacting the Trump campaign. But in the meantime, the ad is still online. People are seeing it and contacting Rose.
“I’m almost certain you’re in the Trump campaign ad. Are you okay with that?”
“What if it were a Democrat ad and you are a Republican, how would you feel?”
We asked Toyota repeatedly if it approves of the footage being used in a political ad, their corporate communications spokesperson would only say, “Since the footage appears to be more than a decade old, there is no way for us to trace the origin or ownership.”
We also contacted the Trump campaign via several routes over the last two days. No one has yet to respond to our requests.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 4, 2020)