Trump Supporters Keep Using Photos from 2016 Cavs Parade to Lie About Rallies


First it was Breitbart.

In August, 2016, Steve Bannon's right-wing site used a photo from the Cavs' championship parade, gleaned from social media, and said it was from a Trump rally in Jacksonville, Fla.

The same thing happened last night at a Donald Trump rally in Arizona, the content of which we'll refrain from remarking upon. (Maggie Haberman at the New York Times, though, called it "an angry, unbridled and unscripted performance that rivaled the most sulfurous rallies of his presidential campaign.")

Twitter users, including the Tennessee Republican party, began tweeting an aerial shot of the parade to validate the strength of Trump's support.

The account has since deleted this Tweet. - Twitter
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The account has since deleted this Tweet.
The Tennessee GOP account eventually deleted this tweet when their error was publicized, but not before it had been retweeted hundreds of times. Several other accounts, including those that tweeted yet another aerial photo of the Cavs championship parade, have deleted their Tweets.

"Frankly," wrote the folks at AZcentral.com (the online home of Phoenix's Arizona Republic), "anyone who is at all familiar with Phoenix should have known better. It's a desert people."

Trump's rally, perhaps predictably, became a media bash session. He decried the "very dishonest people" working in journalism and at one point worked the crowd into a "CNN sucks" chant. He and his supporters remain preoccupied with their victimization at the hands of #fakenews.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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