“Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” as Chico Marx said in the classic Marx Brothers’ movie Duck Soup. Donald Trump has been trying to change the whole nation’s reality from factual to his own alternative world, and some of his fans have picked up a few of his mind-warping trick.
When Trump appeared in Phoenix Tuesday evening, he bragged about the number of his people standing outside in the sweltering Arizona three-digit heat and downgraded the number of Trump protesters. That was when a 45 fan put out a tweeted image of a staggering multitude of his supporters crowding the downtown street of Phoenix before the speech.
Why was that a big deal? People began wondering why the background in the photo was so lush and green, especially the Phoenicians who lived in the western city. Even those who were from different parts of the country probably realized that Phoenix is located right in the middle of the desert.
All of a sudden, the tweet disappeared from Twitter. Apparently, someone deleted it:
‘Hey @TEN_GOP why’d you delete this tweet?’
— vid (@vid_icarus) August 22, 2017
As it turns out, the image was not even of Phoenix, and it was not even a Trump crowd. The Trump supporter had used an aerial shot of the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade. One clever anti-Trump person “did a reverse search” on the image:
‘Just did a reverse search and the image on the left is from 2016 Cavs parade. Liars!’
Just did a reverse search and the image on the left is from 2016 Cavs parade. Liars! pic.twitter.com/5erHsY7bGa
— tramosUSA (@voteblue16) August 22, 2017
Arizona Central noted that TEN_GOP lifted the photo from along a parade route at St. Claire Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Cleveland. It showed tens of thousands of fans as they waited to cheer their Cavaliers team after it won the NBA title last year.
@TEN_GOP stated on its website that it is an unofficial account for Tennessee Republicans. According to the Arizona Central, the tweet’s caption read:
‘Massive crowd waiting outside for the Trump rally in Phoenix!’
The Twitter user did a side-by-side comparison between the huge Cleveland parade photo and what the creator described as a much smaller “anti-Trump” image. Trump fans liked it over 1,000 times and sent it forth into the Twitter world beyond 800 times.
Arizona Central reported that the Internet-page-saving website Archive.org, the website Ten_GOP described the organization:
‘As a political party, Republicans offer a universally appealing perspective on the proper role of government — one based on a genuine recognition of individual equality, fairness, and justice for all. We believe it is unfair to demand special rights for certain races, push policies that favor members of one group over another, or single out certain ethnic or social groups with the promise of special favors or political privileges.’
Other Trump supporters sent out fake news images Tuesday. Vice News called out the official Arizona GOP when it lifted a photo of comedian Margaret Cho onto its website to represent Asian Americans. Unfortunately, the image was one of her 1994 sitcom All-American Girl promotional pieces.
Feature Image via Getty Images/Ralph Freso.