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- This video is from October 2020.
Old footage of supporters of former President Donald Trump has been repackaged on social media, where claims say it shows people protesting Trump’s possible arrest in connection with hush money paid to a woman several years ago.
"Just in: Americans begin to show up at Trump Tower in New York to express support for former President Trump’s rumored arrest," one March 21 tweet said.
"The sight of Trump supporters lining up on Fifth Ave in Manhattan on Sunday should serve as a warning to Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as to what to expect on Tuesday if the 45th president is arrested as he had announced on Saturday," reads one March 19 Facebook post that shared a nearly 30-second video of a city street jammed with cars bearing American flags and Trump flags. "Trump rallied his troops and exhorted his stalwart supporters to engage in protests over his arrest and to ‘Take Our Nation Back.’"
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The video footage is from a Sunday. But not Sunday, March 19, 2023. It’s from Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, when Trump’s supporters blocked Fifth Avenue in New York not long after the then-president was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Photos and videos as well as news coverage about that October 2020 day show similar scenes as those that appear in the video now on Facebook. And there are clues in the clip itself. The Trump flags say 2020, and a bus can be seen advertising "The Comey Rule," a 2020 Showtime show.
Shawn Farash, a self-described head of the group "Long Island Loud Majority," one of the main groups to demonstrate on Fifth Avenue in 2020, told Reuters that this video is from that event.
We rate claims it shows protesters in 2023 False.
Facebook post, March 19, 2023
Showtime, "The Comey Rule," 2020
Washington Examiner, Trump supporters close 5th Avenue in show of support while president battles COVID-19: 'The energy was electric,’ Oct. 5, 2020
New York Post, Trump supporters close 5th Ave. to support COVID-19-stricken president, Oct. 4, 2020
Fox News, Hundreds of Trump supporters gather outside Trump Tower in NYC, briefly shut down Fifth Avenue, Oct. 4, 2020
Tweet, March 21, 2023
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