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Cleveland Cavaliers victory parade photo again becomes fake Trump meme

It's a hoax.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Published Oct 25, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 3:15 am CDT

This week, President Donald Trump held a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston, Texas, which saw people lined up in the streets 24 hours in advance.

And while photos from that night show a raucous crowd and a packed arena, people were not filling the streets to the brim while wearing wine-colored red jerseys.

That’s because those people, in viral photos making waves online, were at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory parade in 2016.

The photo was originally first pushed in August 2017 after a Trump rally in Phoenix by an account, @Ten_GOP, which was later revealed to be an outlet for Russian trolls.

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That was swiftly debunked. Now, after Trump’s Texas rally, it’s become another meme, one that was again swiftly debunked.

Even the Chronicle-Telegram in Cleveland, which originally took the photo, got involved in debunking this week.

Well, once again, it appears our picture by Bruce Bishop and Matt Mishak's company Dronewerx from the Cavs parade is making the rounds on social media, and now the AP's involved.

Posted by The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It’s not clear where the meme originated. We will update this story if that changes.


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*First Published: Oct 25, 2018, 10:03 am CDT