The claim: Image of a large crowd is of a Trump rally in Florida As the presidential race enters its final stretch, an image purporting to show a massive rally for President Donald Trump in Florida — a major battleground state — has surfaced on social media. The claim follows Trump’s rally at Ocala International Airport on Oct. 16, where over
The claim: Image of a large crowd is of a Trump rally in Florida
The claim follows Trump’s rally at Ocala International Airport on Oct. 16, where over 5,000 people were in attendance.
“Trump rally in Florida, I don’t care what the polls say!” reads an Oct. 17 Facebook post accompanied by a photo of thousands of people on a bridge near water.
“Ocala…Trump rally!” reads another post that has been shared around 800 times.
USA TODAY reached out to the users for comment.
Image is from a festival in Switzerland
A reverse Google image search reveals that the photo is actually from a music festival called “Street Parade” in Switzerland.
The original photo was taken in 2018 at a Zurich lake, according to Street Parade’s website, where similar bird’s-eye photos of the event are available.
The festival, which takes place every August but was canceled this year due to COVID-19, attracts “hundreds of thousands of dance fans from every continent,” according to the event’s about tab. Featured along the route of the event, which is available on Google maps, are DJs, nine large stages, multimedia and brightly decorated trucks with music systems.
While the Trump rally did have thousands in attendance, the festival in Zurich brought in over 850,000 people in 2019, according to a media release from Street Parade.
Image has previously been misused
In August, social media users claimed that the photo was of a large protest over COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin.
“More than 20,000 people protesting against coronavirus measures marched on Brandenburg Gate and up to Tiergarten Park in Berlin overnight,” wrote a Facebook user on Aug.1.
The claim was debunked by the Australian Associated Press.
Trump’s actual Ocala rally
Videos and photos from the president’s rally in Florida show that the event looks nothing similar to the photos being shared online.
Trump spoke to the audience for around 90 minutes about topics such as the border wall, socialism, China, COVID-19 and tech companies, among others, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Also in attendance at the rally were White House adviser Hope Hicks and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and only a few attendees were wearing masks, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Our ruling: False
We rate this claim as FALSE, based on our research. The image is from a music festival in Switzerland that attracted hundreds of thousands of people, not a Trump rally in Florida. The same photo has been previously used to misrepresent events.
Our fact-check sources:
- Street Parade, About page
- Street Parade, 2018 Culture of Tolerance
- Google Maps, Street Parade 2019
- Street Parade, Aug. 10, 2019, The colorful dance around the Zurich lake basin
- Australian Associated Press, Aug. 4, 2020, Photo of huge crowd isn’t from German anti-mask parade—it’s from a Swiss dance music party
- C-Span, Oct. 16, President Trump Holds Rally in Ocala, Florida
- Ocala StarBanner, Oct. 16, President Trump Rally at OIAP
- Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 16, Back in Florida, Trump rallies in Ocala with 18 days to go
- Associated Press, Oct. 17, Photo does not show Trump rally in Ocala, Florida
- Lead Stories, Oct. 17, Fact Check: Photo of Huge Crowd is NOT Of a Trump Rally
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