Social Media Hoax: Fake Images Falsely Tie Trump to Death of George Floyd
No, the officer shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck is not the same man shown in “Make Whites Great Again” hat; and No, that officer is not pictured at a Trump rally
Earlier this week, a couple of social media hoaxes attempting to tie President Trump to the death of George Floyd went viral. The intent is to put a good crisis to good use, and “good use” for today’s Democrats/left always means damaging Trump.
For the left, it’s always Orange Man Bad, and this attempt to tie both the actual George Floyd incident and the resulting riots to Trump is worth noting.
In these cases, the idea was to take the alarming death of George Floyd while in the custody of police in Democrat-run Minneapolis and to find some way, any way, to weaponize it against Trump.
During the same brief time period, quickly eclipsed by the resulting protests cum riots, two false stories were deployed on social media and went viral. Both attempted to tie Trump to, even implicate him in, George Floyd’s death.
Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdered him, wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat, a clear sign that this piece of excrement should’ve been taken off the streets a long time ago.#JusticeForFloyd pic.twitter.com/KxGxHAIzlH
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 27, 2020
The problem? That is not the officer in question in the “Make White’s Great Again” hat, and it was, of all outlets, HuffPo that pointed out the hoax.
The fake-out was spotted by HuffPost journalist Luke O’Brien, who has written extensively about the prankster, and has even interviewed him.
On Wednesday O’Brien retweeted a post by Ice Cube — one of the many people who was fooled into believing the two photos were the same person. “The man on the right isn’t Derek Chauvin. He isn’t a cop. He is Jonathan Lee Riches, a notorious con man, troll and prankster, not to mention the ‘world’s most litigious man.’ Riches injects himself, indefensibly, into tragic news events, even if it means going to prison,” O’Brien wrote. In his profile, he explained how Riches had previously pretended to be Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza’s uncle in order to get interviewed by the media; he’s also posed as a member of “Jews for Trump”, “Muslims for Trump” and “Muslims For Hillary” campaigns at various rallies, in the hopes of grabbing media attention.
Among the many people (and things) he has named in lawsuits are Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Steve Jobs, Nostradamus, Che Guevara, all survivors of the Holocaust, the Lincoln Memorial, the Eiffel Tower, Plymouth Rock, the Holy Grail, the planet Pluto.
The AP deemed this photo hoax false
CLAIM: A man pictured in a photo wearing a red baseball cap that says “Make Whites Great Again” is Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer videotaped kneeling on the neck of a black man during an arrest. The man, George Floyd, later died.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The man in the photo is not Chauvin. Jonathan Lee Riches, a known internet troll, confirmed he is the man in the photo, but he says the image was altered and he was not wearing the hat.
THE FACTS: On May 27, a photo was shared widely on social media featuring a man wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat and holding a blackberry between his thumb and index finger. The hand appeared to be making an OK sign, a gesture that has been used widely by white supremacists.
Facebook and Twitter users shared the image on Wednesday claiming it showed Chauvin. In many cases the photo was juxtaposed with a photo of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
The second debunked viral claim contended that the officer shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck was also prominently featured at a Trump rally. This, too, was untrue.
None of the four Minneapolis police officers fired following the death of George Floyd were present at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Minneapolis last October, despite rumors on social media, FOX 9 has confirmed.
Photos began circulating Tuesday purporting to show Derek Chauvin, one of the officers who was fired, on stage at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally last October. Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll, who spoke at the rally, said the officer in the photo is not Chauvin.
It’s horrifying to see George Floyd’s death politicized in this manner. Trying to tie Trump to the Minneapolis PD and the death of Floyd is the sort of thing we expect to see from the leftist activist media, so I do want to point out that, in this case at least, they do seem to have exercised some restraint. There are numerous legacy media articles, including those cited and quoted above, debunking both claims, and credit should go here where it’s due.
That said, these claims were spread widely on social media, and no amount of lamestream media debunking will undo the damage.
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There are people who want a civil war. Many are in the msm.
We are in a civil war. And we’re losing.
Nah, not yet.
If Jeb! Bush was president, we’d be upside down, bleeding from every orafice.
If hillary clinton was president, there’d be no need for the swamp/left/islamic/ChiComm axis to spread flus and start riots. After the thorough 8-year +treason and corruption by obama, we’d have been enslaved the day she took office.
But Donald J. Trump is president. And his base is very, very secure.
Our only problem is we can’t trust anyone in the Justice department, including the FBI. Anyone. The DOJ and the FBI are completely corrupt. Wrays smelly presence as the head of the FBI after helping to corrupt it says volumes.
Then, there is the issue of AG Barr: he’s just not on fire, and the nation is. His world view is old. He’s been there, done that. He already let the two worst pieces of sh*t EVER to occupy office in America – obama and clinton – off the hook. And bizarrely, Barr stated that he “doesn’t want to inferfere with the political process” of the coming election – despite he corruption and the fleecing of the nation’s news, education and every other system by obama for 8 years making a fair debating of the issues impossible.
Now that the rioter-handlers have exposed the b.s. of the WooHoo flu scam (telling rioters to get out in groups and riot) Trump must get back to the rallies.
P.S. – if you particpate in this flu scam anymore, don’t look in the mirror: you’ll be humilated.
Why pick Minneapolis for the False Flag?
Because Trump has a big Law Enforcement following!
October 2019: Minneapolis police union sells ‘Cops for Trump’ T-shirts
Minneapolis was the first target of opportunity. It is omar-infested and ripe for her base of rioters and looters, including her sicko daughter.
Sundance over at the Conservative Treehouse has done a little investigation into the club where George Floyd and Officer Chaupin both worked. There is a very good chance they were using it to launder counterfeit money. Floyd was caught passing bad money. He may have taken it from the club.
Chaupin, who worked for the club for 17 years, may have been the enforcer. This would explain why Floyd REALLY REALLY did not want to go into the back seat of Chaupin’s cruiser. Up until then, he was calm about the arrest.
It could also explain why Chaupin was tuning up Floyd in the back of the police cruiser.
This may all be about two criminals fighting over counterfeit money.
$900,000 in counterfeit US currency all in $1 dollar bills in a commercial rail shipment from China found in International Falls, MN
Barr about to unmask all of Antifa’s communications with their media and political allies
Now you know why so many people are freaking out today
That’s not my down vote, but I see it differently. The democrats can only destroy their own cities. These riots only play in he msm because burning cities are violence p0rn for the uneducated, weak minded, indoctrinated masses. If/when they try this in the ‘burbs or rural areas, the true citizens with skin in the game aren’t going to stand by and let it happen. Anything of economic value that can be done in a city can be done outside of cities. The reverse is not true. Choke off the entry/exit points of goods and services and the cities collapse very quickly. And I don’t mean intentionally choking them off. No one will want to drive a big rig full of food or other goods into a city under riot just to get Reginald Denny’d. The democrats are digging their own graves. I suspect they know it but they just don’t care.
You should have planned ahead. Earlier I commented that the nice thing about archery equipment is it doesn’t make a sound.
All you boys are going to make a hell of ruckus if things turn out as you figured. And if nobody else has pointed this out to you that’s going to make you easy to track.
Yes, it will still matter.
No, I don’t think the apocalypse will happen on my watch.
Yes, I keep extra batteries, a couple of extra knives, a dog, and MREs on hand just in case.
I suspect Pelosi actually gave this “opportunity” the go ahead. She has been in CA for a week. I think getting money, media and antifa ready to destroy black America.
They’ve already destroyed black Americans. That’s why there are ghettos throughout America.
Pelosi’s mission is to destroy the test of us not suplicant to her will.
Twitter will be fact checking and scrubbing this from the twitterverse any month now…
Monday will still come. They have tried, but it hasn’t worked. In a couple hours it will be June First.
How is it we are all of a sudden jumping to racist? How come, if we are going to jump to something, it’s non-denominational all-purpose a##hole.
I have to put this delicately. For some reason the big “THEY” puts cops into intel reserve commands.
I was waxing nostalgic into all the cops who were, “I’ve got a badge, I’ve got a gun, and I have a ‘tude.”
And now here I say the obligatory “Not all cops.” Which is true!99.8% of the time. Just saying. Almost all the guys I ran into wearing the blue were just trying to get through the day. Most you could depend on. Some you couldn’t. They were cowering. In the Navy we called that going ROAD. Retired On Active Duty.
I say this as an outsider. Ever since i was 11 years old my “hunting uncle” was a battalion fire chief in a major west coast fire department. He kind of liked me; I grew up around his kitchen table. I heard what they were talking about.
For about ten years I listened.
I never listened to a cop who was a racist.
1970s. Figure the odds.
I remember having this conversation after Tailhook.
None of the Naval aviators I know are rapists.
If they are I turned them in. I don’t know them. I never had to do that. And I don’t know a Naval Aviator who would have done differently.
These scams worked so sucessfully on the GOP for so long, they keep trying.
I say this with all malignant intent: it is great that mccain is gone.
With PDJT, we have a chance to turn the tables once and for all.
Wonder if these are hoaxes?
Two Lawyers, Including An Ivy League Graduate Corporate Attorney Arrested For Trying To Firebomb NYPD Cop Van During Riots – Weazil Zippers
Nothing makes me realise my fundamental conservatism more than seeing so many members of the intellectual classes justifying street violence with sophistry & jargon. I hold the stupid unsophisticated bourgeois view that setting fire to other people’s stuff is bad.
Unmarked stolen cars leaving flammable materials & weapons throughout a city in America doesn’t just happen. Jimmy Knutson
Mackenzie @macksturn · May 29 Replying to @theangiestanton I’ve been saying this. The same Bernie bros that wanted riots if Bernie lost we’re out last night. It had nothing to do with racial injustice. They just want to see the world burn.
So… This broken ass snow blower showed up in my alley next to my garage a couple days ago. Not sure when. No neighbors noticed either. Weird, right? Gas tank? Full. Check for non obvious fire starters, folks.
Black Disability Collective
UPDATE: “22nd st and 26th ave. Our neighbor found water bottles filled with gas in the bushes. Possibly to be used to start fires tonight. Tell your folks at home to check their areas”
Angela Stanton King ??
The Black community in MN is calling out white Antifa members for starting the riots and destroying their communities. I keep telling y’all these white liberals are not our friends.
at 34th & Dupont S in #Minneapolis. LICENSE PLATES HAVE BEEN REMOVED. Nobody was in the vehicle when I took the photos. It sped away and blew a stop sign two minutes later after I’d turned my back.
Want to do yourself a favor? Stop following the riot stories.
Just demand AG Barr get off his ass and get busy prosecuting the hell out of these people, from the top down. He is, after all, a public servant.
Minneapolis Police: ‘Water bottles filled with gasoline have been found hidden in bushes and throughout neighborhoods in Minneapolis”
I think what we are seeing is what this man warned us about and the intelligence agencies blew him off.
Russian defector spy who told a very unusual story.He stated that he had helped Gorbachev develop a plan.
They foresaw a time when there military
might could not
win a direct war.
They were going to ditch the Eastern satellite countries with revolutions initiated by their security services.
All revolutionary effort would be directed to seeding the govt ,the law,academia, journalism with stealth Americans who would grease the way for others?
Think Brennan, Comey ,Bugears Barack countless bureaucrats.
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M855A1 …”when you care enough to send the very best”.
I prefer the Mk 262. More thump and more range with the 77 gr “cruiser weight” bullet that Special Forces used.
This is Cloward and Piven time. My only hope is that this was set off too soon and there is time to gain enough intel as to who planned and funded this, who ordered this… and who executed the orders. Yes, a crisis should not be wasted.
I was an intel officer for 20 years. We used to joke that prostitution was the second oldest profession. Somebody had to know where the girls were.
That is the oldest profession.
Is this national riot just a coincidence? Or is it to distract from the documents being released by Grenell? Is this the left’s (Soros) way of diverting the national attention away from the deceit of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and DoJ? AS has been reported many of these rioters are from other cities and stacks of bricks placed in downtown sites where there is no construction make it look a little more obvious that this has been planned. The media cannot handle being so wrong and part of the most seditious act in American history so they opt to go for the bright lights of burning cities.
No, no. It’s a total coincidence.
Like every corrupt news outlet reciting the same take on the same story whenever it breaks.
Life is full of coincidences. Like Epstein dying in jail. Who woulda thought?
Next big ‘coincidence’ is the second wave of the WooHoo Flu. Don’t buy into it like a dumbass.
Minnesota’s AG Ellison supporting Antifa
MN AG Ellison coordinating and running Antifa (?)
Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and a Minneapolis city council member, declared Sunday his support for antifa, the secretive left-wing anarchist group accused of driving the violent protests sweeping the nation.
“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” tweeted Jeremiah Ellison.
His tweet came shortly after President Trump said the U.S. would designate antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.
“Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned buisnesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist [THAT] ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!” tweeted Jeremiah Ellison.
A few hours later, Keith Ellison said that he would be taking over the prosecution of officers involved in the arrest and death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day.
Eric Sevareid, CBS News
BREAKING: My Source with whom I have great trust says MN AG Ellison is coordinating w/Antifa. This IS VERY disturbing after hearing his comments in today’s Presser. Antifa has been bussed in and are being paid $20/hour with BONUSES paid to those looting and destroying. Soros.
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There is rampant treason in our country.
When high crimes go unpunished, the cancer of treason and corruption grows like wildfire. Jeff Sessions did more damage to our country in one day (recusal day) than obama did in half his odorous term.
Every demcorat billionaire has now colluded with terrorists. Start prosectuting them. Go get ’em, Barr! It’s looking good: by the year 2059, you’ll finally finish a prosecution!
Lincoln Memorial now… soon, I bet, Monticello and Mount Vernon (yes, I know they are in Blue Virginia). DC cops not doing anything… Dem DC politicals forcing Trump to declare martial law as DC spirals down. If they force the issue, I trust Trump will order live ammo and arrest DC Dems for sedition?
Faced with losing it all with the hammer about to fall on the corrupt Dems, this nation-wide attack was unleashed with their knowledge.
Not to be TOO sacastic: but do ya think?
Listen, we’ve got to all wrap our minds around the fact a civil war has broken out, and is being funded by democrat billionaires and democrat politicians fleecing money out of us.
It is a PLAGUE of treason. And it won’t end until the billionaires start going to jail and are sued into poverty by victims of the rioters.
RICO lawsuits look very promising.
I was an intel officer for 20 years. We used to joke that prostitution was the second oldest profession. Somebody had to know where the girls were.
That is the oldest profession.
The world’s oldest profession is intel. So somebody knows were the girls are.
For those of you still in denial about who is directing & controlling the protests – take a close look at this.
Note: they have infiltrated LE (Law Enforcement) – referred to as “friendlies”. Note their communication channels, secrecy levels, codes and PROFESSIONAL AGITATORS ref.
Barr made a statement about this today. He mumbled something about the states taking care of it.
He sounded like a fool.
He sounded like boehner.
So nice I wrote it twice…
I don’t understand how I left this stain on the internet.
DEMS through Biden’s campaign are money laundering for Auntie Fey.
Antifa explained as Communist Trained
Follow the money.
As for me I don’t plan on making a sound. When the time comes.
CK yea I tell democrats all the time when they start babbling about going to war with Republicans …. Look at the Red Blue maps …. You’re already surrounded … We control your water food power and all other supplies and we have most of the guns and military bases … And members
Dude, don’t distance yourself from them. Root yourself in. It makes you harder to kill. I plan on becoming a gay couple’s adopted child.
Think about the inheritance.
On the other hand it would kill my mom. But really, all I want is the fire fighting equipment.
I put a kangaroo leather hatband on my fedora.
I’d take a picture of it. But that would be putting too much information out there. Kind of wrapped everything up and put a bow tie on it.
It’s q nice look, if I say so myself.
OK. Who trick ****ed my keyboard.
The heavier the bullet the more spin it needs. The earlier standard 1:14 twist was fine with the 55 grain bullets, even adequate with the 62 grain bullets. But not the 77 grain bullets.
Actually the armed forces moved up to the 1:7 twist rate with the M16A2 62 grain bullet.
Technically, the longer the bullet you need faster twist. But practically the longer the bullet, the heavier it is going to be.