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The post is wrong to say that more than 1 million people attended rallies for Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14. News outlets estimate that attendance was in the thousands.
Some of the images in the Facebook post are from a parade and rally for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the NBA championship in June 2016. Another photo shows an aerial view of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington.
What do the Women’s March, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Million MAGA March have in common? They’re all ingredients in a misleading Facebook post.
The Nov. 14 post, which has been shared more than 6,400 times, includes 47 photos that purportedly show rallies for President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.
"More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support," the caption says. "These are real to date pictures taken during the million Mega (sic) March2020."
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.) Similar photos have been shared in groups for fans of Trump and Fox News, according to CrowdTangle, a social media insights tool.
(Screenshot from Facebook)
On Nov. 14, several concurrent events — including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal DC — converged near Freedom Plaza in Washington. Among the demonstrators were conspiracy theorists, right-wing activists alleging widespread election fraud and members of the Proud Boys, a far right, all-male group with a history of violent confrontations.
The Facebook post is wrong to say that more than 1 million people attended those demonstrations — and it misleadingly includes images that are not from the Nov. 14 rallies at all. Some of the images are from a Cleveland Cavaliers parade in 2016 and the Women’s March in 2017.
The first few photos in the post show Trump supporters waving flags and marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. A few show the president himself in a motorcade greeting the demonstrators, who gathered to falsely claim that he had won the election against Joe Biden.
But more than halfway through the photos, the setting changes from Washington to Cleveland, and then to Washington in 2017.
Some of the images in the Facebook post show a parade and rally in Cleveland in June 2016, after the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors to claim their first NBA title. An estimated 1.3 million people attended the events.
Another photo included in the post shows an aerial view of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, part of a worldwide protest on the day after Trump’s inauguration. At least 470,000 people were estimated to have attended the demonstration.
The recent pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington were not as well-attended.
News outlets estimate that thousands of people were present at the Nov. 14 rallies, which grew violent toward the end of the day when hundreds of counterprotesters showed up. We previously rated False a claim that more than 1 million people were present at the demonstrations.
This Facebook post is similarly inaccurate. We rate it False.
Associated Press, "James and Cavaliers win thrilling NBA Finals Game 7, 93-89," June 20, 2016
CBS News, "Trump's motorcade passes supporters gathered for ‘Million MAGA March,’" Nov. 14, 2020
CrowdTangle, accessed Nov. 17, 2020
Facebook post, Nov. 14, 2020
George P. Johnson, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE & RALLY
Google Reverse Image Search, accessed Nov. 17, 2020
The New York Times, "Cavaliers Parade Caps Off Cleveland Victory Party," June 22, 2016
NPR, "PHOTOS: Hordes Of Fans Gather In Cleveland For Championship Parade," June 22, 2016
NPR, "Trump Supporters, Counterprotesters Clash At D.C. Rally Contesting Biden's Victory," Nov. 14, 2020
PolitiFact, "How we know Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race," Nov. 13, 2020
PolitiFact, "The ‘Million MAGA March’ did not have 1 million or more attendees," Nov. 16, 2020
TinEye, accessed Nov. 17, 2020
Tweet from the Women’s March, July 21, 2017
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