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Fake tickets to Trump’s ‘new’ inauguration keep going viral

There's no evidence QAnon supporters tried to buy them either.


Mikael Thalen


Published Jun 16, 2021   Updated Jun 18, 2021, 11:17 am CDT

A viral tweet earlier this week showed tickets allegedly being sold online to a second inauguration for former President Donald Trump—only the tickets, obviously, weren’t real, and no evidence suggests they were being sold or purchased either.

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The tweet, made on Sunday by the Twitter user @PamelaApostolo1, claimed that the tickets were being sold on sites frequented by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory for “as high as $1,200 each.”

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The fabricated tickets date the fictitious event for Aug. 15 and even include special musical guest stars Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. The belief that Trump will serve a second term remains a popular conspiracy theory among the former president’s supporters.

Yet numerous issues immediately stand out. Aside from the differing fonts used across the ticket, the image also includes watermarks from a stock photo website.

A reverse image search quickly yields the original photo that was used to create the fake tickets.

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The allegation that Trump supporters had attempted to purchase the fake tickets is also unfounded.

As noted by Marc-André Argentino, a researcher at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, a search across popular QAnon websites found no such discussions being held. An investigation by Reuters was likewise unable to locate any examples of QAnon followers selling or purchasing such tickets.

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The earliest appearance of the tickets discovered thus far, according to Reuters, came from a pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group on June 11. Two days later, the image also appeared on the far-right imageboard 4chan where users mocked the conspiracy theory that Trump would serve a second term.

The tickets are reminiscient of a fake letter spread last November that was falsely attributed to Trump’s failed presidential campaign. The letter promised users free tickets to a second inauguration if a donation of $50 was made.

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2021, 1:16 pm CDT