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.
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!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipO6IYISGyCsteceyuuwlkHBw0cBnkWSJgOANbvS%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya315.62994-ro-0-fo100!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 prayermarch2020.com/about/ , 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 .
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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