President Donald Trump’s motorcade departs from his Paradise Valley hotel on Aug. 23, 2017, the morning after his rally in Phoenix.
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The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com reporters give a recap of what happened the night of President Donald Trump’s rally in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Phoenix officials recap the events outside of the Phoenix Convention Center following the visit of President Donald Trump on Aug. 22, 2017. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Video appears to show demonstrators throw canisters at police during a Donald Trump rally in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017. Jason Pohl/The Republic
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Police clear the remaining demonstrators from Second and Van Buren streets in downtown Phoenix after a President Donald Trump rally on Aug. 22, 2017. Hannah Gaber/The Republic
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Raymond Celaya explains why police started to pepper spray and gas bomb crowds in downtown Phoenix after Donald Trump’s rally on Aug. 22, 2017. Robert Anglen/The Republic.
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Notable quotes from President Trump’s downtown Phoenix rally on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral
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A demonstrator says she saw somebody throw water at police before gas and pepper balls were used to disperse protesters at a Donald Trump rally in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Protesters leave an area near Second and Van Buren streets in downtown Phoenix after police deployed pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Perry Vandell/azcentral.com
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Demonstrators explain the pain of getting sprayed after police toss gas bombs into a crowd at a Trump rally in downtown Phoenix. Javier Arce/The Republic.
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People peacefully gather after police used tear gas and pepper balls to disperse Trump supporters and protesters during a Trump rally in downtown Phoenix. Daniel Gonzalez/The Republic.
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Demonstrators scattered after police fired tear gas into a crowd gathered outside the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. Hannah Gabber/The Republic
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Gas and pepper spray envelopes an area near Monroe and Second streets in downtown Phoenix. Police fired gas canisters at protesters after a speech by President Donald Trump on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Protesters cover their faces and eyes after police deployed gas canisters after President Donald Trump spoke at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017. Craig Harris/The Republic
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Shortly after President Donald Trump concluded his speech in downtown Phoenix, police deployed gas canisters on Aug. 22, 2017. Michael Chow/The Republic
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Police deployed pepper balls after President Donald Trump gave a speech in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017. Protesters and Trump supporters clashed throughout the afternoon.
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Trump supporters and anti-Trump demonstrators met in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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President Donald Trump did not pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio while Trump was in Phoenix, but he indicated support for the idea in his speech Tuesday night.
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Anton Williams (left), a Trump merchandise vendor from South Carolina and Wiso Vazquez (right) a freelance journalist talk immigration outside the Phoenix Convention Center during a Trump rally in Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Trump supporters and protesters gathered outside the Phoenix Convention Center before the president gave a speech on Aug. 22, 2017. Sean Logan/The Republic
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President Donald Trump supporters and protesters clashed in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017, during the president’s first visit since becoming president. Hannah Gaber/The Republic
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A Trump supporter and protester got into a verbal sparring session before Trump’s rally in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Vince Ansel with “Bikers for Trump” says, “Nobody is going to get assaulted as long as we’re here.”
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Hours before President Donald Trump was set to speak at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters lined up outside the convention center.
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Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard talks about safety at the President Donald Trump rally in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Trump supporters and counter-protesters met in downtown Phoenix hours before the president was scheduled to speak on Aug. 22, 2017.
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Trump supporters and counter-protesters arrived hours before the president’s scheduled speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. “Bikers for Trump” said on Facebook, “We need our bikers to show up and keep people safe.”
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President Donald Trump visited Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017. It was his first visit to the city since becoming president. He was set to speak at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown at around 7 p.m.
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Anti-Trump demonstrators and Trump supporters had a heated exchange outside the Phoenix Convention Center on Aug. 22, 2017. Supporters lined up hours before President Trump was scheduled to speak in downtown Phoenix.
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Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., speaks during a Mi Familia Vota press conference Aug. 22, 2017, at St. Mary Basilica in Phoenix ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mark Henle/azcentral.com
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President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 22, 2017. Supporters lined up outside the convention center hours before the president arrived.
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Gene Huber, of Florida, was the first person in line for President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. He arrived at noon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
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Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Mayor Greg Stanton speak during a public safety briefing Aug. 21, 2017, at the Phoenix Police Department. Mark Henle/azcentral.com
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President Donald Trump visited the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, on Aug. 22, 2017. He greeted Marines before leaving for a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Social media is a glorious place. You see something, it looks cool, and so you retweet it.
And sometimes that gets you into trouble.
Such was the case Tuesday night, when Tennessee Republicans and other supporters of President Donald Trump started sharing an image of what was purportedly a massive crowd gathered in the streets of Phoenix ahead of his speech.
Only problem? The photo is actually an aerial shot from the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade.
And frankly, anyone who is at all familiar with Phoenix should have known better. It’s a desert, people.
Who really thought Phoenix had that much green?
The image was taken looking down at the intersection of St. Claire Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Cleveland, along the parade route where tens of thousands celebrated the Cavs NBA title last June.
The photo shows a bird’s-eye view of thousands gathered in a downtown area as they waited for the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers to begin.
The Twitter account @TEN_GOP, which says its an unofficial account for Republicans in Tennessee, tweeted the photo with the caption: “Massive crowd waiting outside for the Trump rally in Phoenix!”
The account is not affiliated with the Tennessee Republican Party.
It was re-tweeted more than 800 times and liked more than 1,000 times. The tweet has since been deleted.
The Twitter account also used the photo for a side-by-side comparison of the anti-Trump crowd versus the pro-Trump crowd, with the “anti-Trump” photo showing a significantly smaller crowd.
The @TEN_GOP account has deleted this Tweet, which showed a photo that was not taken in Phoenix. (Photo: Twitter)
A number Twitter users noticed the misleading tweet and responded to @TEN_GOP, wondering why the original tweet was deleted.
A second aerial image, also alleging to be an aerial view of a massive crowd size at the Trump rally has popped up on Twitter as well. And that image is also from the 2016 Cavaliers parade, albeit from a different angle.
This isn’t the only false photo that made headlines Tuesday; the Arizona GOP was called out by Vice News for using a photo of comedian Margaret Cho to represent Asian Americans on their website.
The shot in question, a promotional photo from Cho’s 1994 sitcom “All-American Girl,” was featured on the state Republican party’s “People” page.
According to Internet-page-saving website Archive.org, the photo was accompanied by a break down of various ethnic groups and an introduction.
“As a political party, Republicans offer a universally appealing perspective on the proper role of government — one based on a genuine recognition of individual equality, fairness, and justice for all,” part of the website stated. “We believe it is unfair to demand special rights for certain races, push policies that favor members of one group over another, or single out certain ethnic or social groups with the promise of special favors or political privileges.”
A screenshot of the Arizona GOP’s “People” page taken at 6:38 p.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017. (Photo: Arizona Republic)
The photo, and the page itself, does not appear to be active as of 6:30 p.m.
No word yet on what the politically-charged comic will say.
In related news: there has also been a lot of activity on Twitter and Craigslist asserting that there are paid protesters at the Trump rally, but the Arizona Republic has not been able to verify any of these claims.
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