A doctored image on social media shows members of the KKK carrying a Trump-Pence campaign banner. The original image, which predates President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign by several years, does not.
Facebook users are sharing an altered image to take aim at President Donald Trump’s reelection and encouraging others to “vote Blue in 2020.”
The image, part of a meme that was shared most recently by a page called “Trump Sucks,” falsely depicts members of the Ku Klux Klan carrying a Trump-Pence sign.
“America, I believe this is all you need to know about why you should vote Blue in 2020,” the meme reads.
The actual photo was taken in July 2009 — long before Trump even launched his 2016 presidential campaign — at a march in Pulaski, Tennessee, recognizing the birthday of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the original KKK.
The actual sign being carried in the picture reads, “Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Trump was also criticized by some for his remarks following a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which a neo-Nazi plowed his car into protesters demonstrating against the white nationalists and killed one woman, Heather Heyer.
While some of Trump’s remarks — including that there was “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” — drew criticism, the president later explicitly condemned “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
At least one other altered version of the same image was edited to depict the klansmen carrying signs in favor of the anti-fascist activist group Antifa.
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