Fact check: Image shows 2020 Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin
The claim: Image shows Donald Trump rally from Aug. 5
Businessman Tim Michels won the Republican nomination for governor of Wisconsin earlier this month, days after former President Donald Trump appeared alongside him at a Save America rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
An Aug. 6 Facebook post claimed to show an image from that Aug. 5 Waukesha rally. The post accrued more than 1,600 shares in three weeks.
The caption of the post reads, "This is from last night in Wisconsin. MASSIVE!"
The photo also spread on Twitter, with multiple users claiming the image was from Trump's rally in Waukesha.
But the image is not from a Wisconsin rally earlier this month; it's from a Nov. 2, 2020, Wisconsin rally, according to a social media post from a onetime Trump administration official.
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Image is from 2020
The image in the Aug. 6 post is a slightly cropped version of a photo that Dan Scavino Jr., then a deputy chief of staff to Trump, originally shared on Twitter on Nov. 2, 2020.
The caption of Scavino's tweet read, "WHAT A NIGHT IN WISCONSIN! Get out and VOTE #MAGA tomorrow! Vote.DonaldJTrump.com."
On Nov. 2, 2020, Trump appeared at the Kenosha Regional Airport for a rally on the eve of the 2020 election.
Eric Trump also shared the same photo on Twitter on Nov. 16, 2020.
Photos from Trump’s Aug. 5 Waukesha rally do not match the details in the image shared on Facebook, and further prove the image is not from earlier this month.
The image in the Facebook post shows most people in long sleeves or jackets, which would make sense for Wisconsin in November but not the August rally. On Aug. 5, when the Save America rally took place, the high temperature in Waukesha was 86 degrees, according to the Weather Channel.
Additionally, the blue signs in the background of the image in the post say, “THE BEST IS YET TO COME!” This was a campaign slogan made popular in 2020 after Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., used the phrase during her Republican National Convention speech.
While photos and videos from the Aug. 5 rally also show blue signs in the background, the signs read, "WISCONSIN WELCOMES DONALD J. TRUMP 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES" and "SAVE AMERICA!," referring to the political action committee Trump created after the 2020 election.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that an image shows a Trump rally from Aug. 5. The image is from Trump's Nov. 2, 2020, rally at the Kenosha Regional Airport, according to previous social media posts and details in the image.
Our fact-check sources:
Eric Trump, Nov. 16, 2020, Tweet
Dan Scavino Jr., Nov. 2, 2020, Tweet
Associated Press, Aug. 5, Trump ally takes on Walker protégé in Wis. governor’s race
USA TODAY, Aug. 10, Recap: Trump-backed Michels wins WI gov primary; Johnson, Barnes to face off in Senate race
USA TODAY, Aug. 24, 2020, Enthusiastic Kimberly Guilfoyle says 'the best is yet to come' with Pres. Trump
The Weather Channel, accessed Aug. 10, Monthly Weather - Waukesha, WI: Aug. 2022
C-SPAN, Aug. 5, Former President Trump Holds Rally in Wisconsin
C-SPAN, Nov. 2, 2020, President Trump Campaign Rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 2, 2020, President Trump returns to Wisconsin for election eve rally in Kenosha, his 5th trip to the state in recent weeks
Federal Election Commission, accessed Aug. 22, SAVE AMERICA
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