There’s a fake news photo circulating on the internet following President Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix Tuesday night.
Trump spoke to a raucous crowd in Phoenix about how “the dishonest media” incorrectly covered his response to the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week. He also called out both Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain (though purposefully not by name), encouraging Arizona voters to find better congressional leaders.
And Trump sporadically mentioned protesters, who were gathered in downtown Phoenix to voice their opinions against the president.
Trump mentioned the growing size of his own crowd. He asked the camera time and time again to show off the crowd, saying it was growing inside.
Reporters said there were lines out the door. The crowds often embraced familiar chants, screaming “Lock her up!” when Hillary Clinton was mentioned, or even “CNN sucks!” when Trump attacked the media.
Crowd chanting CNN sucks after Trump's extended anti-media rant.— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) August 23, 2017
But according to The Washington Post, the hooplah from the crowd slowly died down. "Over the next 72 minutes, the president launched into one angry rant after another" and the gathering slowly thinned out.
From The Washington Post:
“Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors. After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn't keeping their attention. Although Trump has long been the master of reading the mood of a room and quickly adjusting his message to satisfy as many of his fans as possible, his rage seemed to cloud his senses.”
On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, a picture supposedly from outside rally circulated through social media.
According to The Arizona Republic, Tennessee Republicans shared a photo of what was purportedly a massive crowd of supporters gathered in the streets ahead of Trump's speech.
The Twitter account @TEN_GOP, which says it's an unofficial account for Republicans in Tennessee, tweeted the photo with the caption: "Massive crowd waiting outside for the Trump rally in Phoenix!"
The account is not affiliated with the Tennessee Republican Party.
The Twitter account also used the photo for a side-by-side comparison of the anti-Trump crowd versus the pro-Trump crowd, with the anti-Trump photo showing a significantly smaller crowd.
But, as the Arizona newspaper points out, the picture of the pro-Trump crowd is actually from the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade after the team won the NBA championship.
The photo was retweeted more than 800 times and liked more than 1,000 times. The tweet has since been deleted.
Just did a reverse search and the image on the left is from 2016 Cavs parade. Liars! pic.twitter.com/5erHsY7bGa— TRamos USA (@voteblue16) August 22, 2017
Vice News similarly called out the Arizona Republican Party for using a cast photo from the “All-American Girl” TV show as an example of its diverse support.
The picture was later taken down.
“As soon as this was brought to our attention, the page was taken down,” Torunn Sinclair, spokeswoman for the Arizona Republican Party, told Vice News. “This was obviously a mistake, and we apologize.”