Donald Trump supporters ridiculed for sharing fake photos of Phoenix rally crowds

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Donald Trump supporters have been ridiculed for sharing fake photos purporting to show “massive” crowds at a rally.

The President spoke for 77 minutes at a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, drawing crowds of both protestors and supporters on Tuesday. 

A Tennessee Republicans Twitter account posted a bird’s-eye view of what appeared to be thousands of people gathered for the President with the caption: “Massive crowd waiting outside for the Trump rally in Phoenix!” 

The tweet from @TEN_GOP, the unofficial account for Republicans in Tennessee, has since been deleted, but not before it was re-tweeted more than 800 times and liked more than 1,000 times. 

The photo is actually an aerial shot from an American basketball team’s victory parade – the Cleveland Cavaliers – in the state of Ohio.

One Twitter user said Trump supporters were “desperately” spreading the fake photos, while eagle-eyed social media users spotted the distinct presence of green vegetation in the fake photos. Arizona is largely a desert state. 

Meanwhile anti-Trump protesters lined the streets outside the convention centre where the rally was taking place. Phoenix police used tear gas to disperse the crowds after scuffles broke up between Trump supporters and protestors. 


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