Nearly 50 years ago, more than half a million people flocked to upstate New York for three days of peace and music at the Woodstock festival in August 1969.
But a May 21 Facebook post claims that an aerial shot of a huge crowd is not an old shot of the festival, but a picture of a recent rally for President Donald Trump.
"Nope its not Woodstock," reads the post which was shared more than 1,200 times by that afternoon. "Its the Trump Rally yesterday in PA !! Poor poor sleepy Joe!"
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It’s true that Trump addressed supporters in Montoursville, Pa., on May 20 — and took some shots at former Vice President Joe Biden, who was born in the state.
But the photo in the Facebook post is most definitely a photo of Woodstock. Here’s the Getty Images caption of photographer Barry Z Levine’s shot: "Aerial view of the massive crowd in attendance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York, August 15-17 (and part of the 18th), 1969."
We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, May 21, 2019
Woodstock website, visited May 21, 2019
Politico, "Trump rallies Pennsylvania ‘deep state’ territory," May 20, 2019
Politico, "Trump reveals alarm over BIden in Pennsylvania: ‘He left you folks,’" May 20, 2019
Getty Images, "Aerial view of Woodstock Festival," Aug. 15, 1969
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