Fact check: Mislabeled photo shows 2020 religious march at Lincoln Memorial, not pro-Trump crowds in January 2021

An image circulating on social media allegedly shows a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., ahead of January 6 demonstrations to protest the outcome of the presidential election. This photo has been falsely labeled: it actually shows “The Washington Prayer March 2020” on Sept. 26, 2020.

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A post with the mislabeled photo published on Jan. 5, 2020 is visible here here  and is captioned “Washington DC right now!” Comments that appear to suggest the photo shows a pro-Trump crowd include “All these people are for Trump and many others!” and “And you wanna tell me this man did not win... I don’t think so..”

The photo actually shows the “The Washington Prayer March 2020” on September 26, 2020, as visible here and here , in front of the Lincoln Memorial  (similar view on Google Maps here!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipO6IYISGyCsteceyuuwlkHBw0cBnkWSJgOANbvS!2e10!3e11!!7i8704!8i4352 )

The event, described as a “dedicated prayer march that is focused solely on asking God to heal our land. It is not a protest or political event” on its website , was reported by media outlets at the time here , here , here .

Reuters did not find any evidence that indicates a similar crowd was present at the same location on January 5.

Thousands of Trump supporters, including some far-right nationalist groups, were expected to converge on the U.S. capital starting January 5 to oppose Congress’ certification the next day of Republican president Trump’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden on the Nov. 3 election (here).

Photographs from Matthew Torres, a reporter from WUSA9,  depict a smaller crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in the morning of January 6 here .

Reuters footage here , and a video from the Trump campaign here show that a bigger crowd gathered near the White House, while awaiting for president Donald Trump’s speech on January 6 (here). 

Reuters has debunked similar claims using older footage to depict the Jan. 6, 2021 demonstrations   here , here , here  and  here  .


Mislabeled. Photo shows religious march on September 2020, not Trump supporters ahead of the protests in D.C. on January 6.

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