A two-year old video of a security breach at US President Donald Trump’s rally in Ohio has been doctored and shared on the social media with a caption that purports to show Islam in bad light.
An audio-track of ‘Allah Hu Akbar‘ has been added to the viral video.
The 40-second long viral clip shows the US president speaking from a dais when someone in the background can be heard saying ‘Allah Hu Akbar’. This leaves Trump visibly startled and security personnel immediately form a wall around him. Later in the clip, Trump is shown resuming his speech.
A caption with the video reads, ‘watch for yourself the fear that Allah Hu Akbar evokes…Trump was delivering a speech when someone from behind murmured Allah Hu Akbar. Watch for yourself what happened next’.
(Hindi: अल्लाह हू अकबर नारे का खौफ देखो.. ट्रंप भाषण दे रहे थे किसी ने पीछे धीरे से बोला “अल्लाह हू अकबर” उसके बाद क्या हुआ.. आप देखिए | )
BOOM broke the viral clip into fragments and ran a reverse image search to trace the original video. We found the same video published by CNN on March 12, 2016 with a caption ‘Trump swarmed by security on stage’.
The original video does not have Allah Hu Akbar in it, and the audio has been added to the original video.
BOOM also found several reports related to the security breach incident from 2016. NBC news, in its report, had identified the man who attempted to breach Trump’s security cover in Dayton (Ohio) as Thomas Dimassimo, who according to US media, has a history of carrying out political protests.
BOOM also found other videos of the same incident shot from different angles that shows the security breach more clearly.
However, none of the reports or videos that BOOM went through mentions about the Allah Hu Akbar chant as claimed by the viral post.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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