Wednesday 24 January 2018

'Fake pictures': Trump supporters post altered photos of 'huge' crowds at Phoenix rally

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Donald Trump supporters have been sharing fake photos of huge crowds at the US President's Phoenix rally on social media, following claims the event failed to draw big numbers.

"Thank you Arizona. Beautiful turnout of 15,000 in Phoenix tonight!" the US President wrote after the event.

Images showed thousands of people lining the streets, but they were quickly debunked as fake.

Twitter users pointed out that the pictures actually showed a championship parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

Official figures for the rally have not yet been released, but they are expected to be lower than 15,000.

Some pictures shared showed a half-empty room.

Trump used the Phoenix rally to blast the "dishonest media" for misrepresenting his remarks.

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