FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show A Misspelled ‘Secede’ Sign At The Conservative Political Action Conference?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook allegedly shows people holding sign misspelling “secede” as “secdee” at the 2023 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

Verdict: False

The photo was originally posted to Flickr in 2009 at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally.

Fact Check: 

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The Facebook photo allegedly shows people holding letters that spell out “secdee” instead of “secede.” The image shows the sign being held in the middle of the street and in front of a stoplight. “Out front of CPAC this afternoon,” the caption reads.

The photo was taken years prior to the most recent CPAC conference. A reverse image search reveals that the photo was originally posted to Flickr. The caption indicates that the image was captured during the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally in June 2009. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Sign In Australia Saying That Joggers Must Wear Helmets?)


The photographer, Don Mason, told Reuters via Flickr that the photo was taken at the corner of Congress Avenue and 5th Street in Austin, and that the photo has been miscaptioned on social media in the past. The photo was taken during a motorcycle rally. In the higher quality photo, a line of motorcycles can be seen in the background.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim a video showed brown tap water in East Palestine, Ohio.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter