FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Someone Selling Nazi Paraphernalia Outside A 2022 Trump Rally?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a vendor selling Nazi paraphernalia outside of a Trump rally in Pennsylvania earlier in September.

Verdict: False

The image, while taken in Pennsylvania, is from a 2016 fair, not a Trump rally in 2022.

Fact Check:

Trump held a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Sept. 4, campaigning for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dough Mastriano, according to BBC News. The former president labeled President Joe Biden as “an enemy of the state” during the speech and rallied against the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, the outlet reported.

The Facebook image shows a vendor trailer with a Nazi flag alongside a pro-Trump flag. “A scene from tonights Trump rally in PA tonight,” the post’s caption reads “Stop kidding yourself as to who MAGA is.”

While the photo is legitimate, the image predates the Pennsylvania rally.
A reverse image search found that the photo stems from a September 2016 article by the Times-Leader about a vendor offerings flags with a swastika design. The person who was selling the items did leave the fair after being asked by the event’s organizers, the outlet reported.

Daniel Dale, a CNN fact-check reporter, debunked the claim on Twitter. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Ukrainian Soldier Covered In Nazi Tattoos?)

This photo being shared as ‘a scene from tonight’s Trump rally’ is actually from a town fair six years ago. (H/t @nezumi_ningen) Fair organizers confiscated the swastika and later kicked out the vendor behind this, who had a history of child porn crimes,” Dale tweeted. 

This is not the first time images of Nazi paraphernalia have been misattributed to a Trump rally. Check Your Fact previously debunked an image form April 2022 allegedly showing a woman at a rally wearing a shirt with a swastika while giving the Nazi salute.

Elias Atienza

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