Pictured: Prince William-Fairfax Trump Train Participants
A Case Study in Fake News
On Saturday the 19th, a well-attended “Trump Train” parade of cars made its way from Prince William to Fairfax County. “They were majestic on the road and very eye-catching,” noted Epoch Times reporter Lynn Lin.
At the parade’s starting point, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks rallied participants. “Wow, this is amazing,” Hicks said. “Do you think Joe Biden has anything like this?”
Saturday’s Trump Train concluded in the parking lot of the Fairfax County Government Center. Inside the Government Center, early voting was under way.
The enthusiasm for President Donald Trump in the heart of Northern Virginia seems to have rattled Fairfax Democrats, who leveled a variety of wild charges against their fellow Virginians, to include voter intimidation, harassment and disruption. Ironically, Democrat Terry McAuliffe held a similar (although smaller) gathering outside the Fairfax County Government Center on Monday the 21st.
McAuliffe claimed that Trump Train participants were “calling people names, using obscenities against individuals.” To date, no video evidence has materialized to support McAuliffe’s accusations.
The Democrats’ manufactured controversy provides a case study in how “fake news” works. FOX 5 DC’s David L. Matthews, for example, simply “reported” wild claims made by Democrats on Twitter as fact.
“First it was mail-in voting,” Matthews wrote. “Now some of President Trump’s supporters are protesting in-person, early voting in Virginia.”
In reality, Trump supporters were not “protesting in-person, early voting in Virginia.” Here’s what the police report from the day in question states: “The group seemed to be present at the government center as a show of support for Trump and be demonstrators rather than protesters.”
Relying on a biased, left-wing source, Matthews wrote: “Tilghman tells FOX 5 that the protesters first blocked the entrance to the polling site before officials forced them to move 40 feet away as required by law.”
In reality, nobody on Saturday the 19th “blocked the entrance,” nor did they want to. “It should be noted that there was not actual blocking of doors or actual preventing of any voter from entering the building,” the police report states.
Noting that individuals called in false reports even after the pro-Trump crowd had left, the officer’s report concludes: “This may be an attempt to elicit an improper police department response and/or others are seeing this on social media and calling DPSC not realizing the up to the minute realities of the event.”
Wittingly or not, FOX 5’s Matthews (like others in the “mainstream” media) was used to execute a Democrat-orchestrated fake news attack. By not checking facts or seeking voices from the other side, he was negligent at best.
Fairfax GOP Vice Chairman Sean Rastatter went on Sebastian Gorka’s national radio program to debunk the Democrats’ false charges. “This was some of the most ludicrous fake news I’ve ever seen in my life,” Rastatter said. “I guess the Left doesn’t know the difference between protests, rallies and riots.”