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Posting a photo of people packed on the National Mall on the Fourth of July, Breitbart wrote on its Facebook account that "the left rooted against" President Donald Trump’s "Salute to America."
"The Establishment Media ignored it," the July 5 post continues, "but the people showed up anyway and had a blast!"
The words: "Happy birthday, America! Love, We the People," appear in red type over the image.
Commenters voiced support for the post, including one who said: "Can you believe the lamestream media deliberately tried to hide this beautiful celebration from the American people? If you didn’t see it before, you definitely see it now; they are the enemy of the people!"
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Breitbart didn’t immediately respond to a message PolitiFact sent asking about the post.
We’ve already fact-checked claims that the event drew a small crowd; photos from that day tell a different story.
For this claim, we started by looking for coverage by the New York Times. Searching for "Fourth of July" and "Trump," we found the following headlines on or before July 5 (among others):
•"Two Americas, celebrating separately in one place," July 4, 2019
That’s among other media coverage from outlets like CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Washington Post.
On July 10, Vulture reported on the 6.4 million people who watched the festivities on TV. Most of those were tuned into Fox News, which had 4.9 million viewers during the hour, according to Nielsen ratings. CNN mixed coverage of Trump’s speech with analysis and drew 1.5 million viewers, according to Vulture.
It notes that NBC had a "politics-free presentation of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks/concert," before airing a condensed version of the special at 10 p.m. MSNBC, meanwhile, aired "encores of the first Democratic-primary presidential debates."
Before the big event, some publications advised readers on how they could watch the celebration. Newsweek reported that CBS News, C-SPAN and Fox News would carry it live and streaming elsewhere online. Deadline reported that PBS was also planning to air it live while "the broadcast networks will rely mostly on their streaming channels for Trump’s portion of the event."
Still, there was plenty of other coverage of the event.
We rate this Facebook post False.
Facebook post, July 5, 2019
PolitiFact, "Posts saying Trump’s July 4 event drew small crowd are wrong," July 9, 2019
The New York Times, "Two Americas, celebrating separately in one place," July 4, 2019
The New York Times, "Trump announces Fourth of July ‘Salute to America’ at the Lincoln Memorial," Feb. 24, 2019
The New York Times, "Washington prepares for July 4 spectacle, starring and produced by President Trump," July 3, 2019
The New York Times, "Trump sets off fireworks of a different sort with Fourth of July speech plan," July 5, 2019
The New York Times, "Tanks already in Washington for Trump’s Fourth of July event," July 2, 2019
The New York Times, "Trump says tanks will be on display in Washington for July 4," July 1, 2019
The New York Times, "With flyovers and flags, Trump plays M.C. for the Fourth," July 4, 2019
Vulture, "People actually watched Trump’s Fourth of July special," July 10, 2019
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