"Beautiful scenes in Washington DC for the million MAGA march," a Facebook user wrote, while another commented "I've never seen this many people in one big crowd in DC to support OUR PRESIDENT Donald J Trump!" -- in reference to the pro-Trump rally organized in the city on Saturday. The posts shared multiple aerial photos of impressively packed crowds in a city environment.
A screenshot of a Facebook post taken on November 15, 2020 sharing old photos of crowds in Cleveland, Ohio
After conducting a reverse image search, AFP Fact Check found the photos were not from Saturday's march.
Led by hometown hero LeBron James, fans in the US state of Ohio came out in force as the win ended a major title drought that had haunted Cleveland since 1964.
One image (top left in the Facebook post above) was shared on Twitter on June 22, 2016 by the Cavaliers' verified account.
A screenshot of a tweet from the verified account of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team on June 22, 2016
At least 10,000 die-hard Trump supporters -- few wearing masks -- massed on DC's Freedom Plaza on Saturday before marching to the Supreme Court in a raucous atmosphere reminiscent of a Trump campaign rally.
The crowd size was once again a source of debate on social media. While most media organizations reported several thousand people attended the event, some in Trump's team, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, claimed it attracted over one million people.
As of November 15, 2020, local authorities had not released official crowd estimates.
Trump is sticking to discredited claims of election fraud and continues to claim he will defeat Democrat Joe Biden.
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