FACT CHECK: Did Protestors Carry A Banner That Says, ‘Assassinate Republicans That Defeat Democrats’?
An image shared on Facebook nearly 800 times appears to show protestors holding a banner that reads, “Assassinate Republicans that defeat Democrats.”
“Openly calling for Assassination,” reads the caption. “Guess what comes next… War.”
The doctored photograph, taken in 2016, actually depicts protestors carrying a banner that reads, “Trump makes America hate, our students make America great.”
In March 2016, President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a campaign rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago, citing security concerns amid confrontations between Trump supporters and protestors. It was at that event more than two years ago that the picture depicting demonstrators holding the banner was taken.
Contrary to what the Facebook post claims, the banner did not encourage violence against Republicans. A reverse image search revealed that the image has, in fact, been digitally altered to make the banner read, “Assassinate Republicans that beat Democrats.” It has also been cropped.
The original image, found on the local Fox affiliate’s website, shows several demonstrators holding a banner that actually says, “Trump makes America hate, our students make America great.” Student protestors carried the banner as they marched to the arena where the rally was set to be held, according to the caption shared on the Fox 32 News Twitter account.
A similar picture was taken by photographer Matt Marton for The Associated Press at the same event. (RELATED: Does This Image Show The Crowd Outside Trump’s Minnesota Rally?)