President Donald Trump’s claim that a plane “almost completely loaded with thugs” was going to disrupt the Republican National Convention nearly matches a rumor that went viral on social media three months ago, NBC News reports.
During a Monday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump alleged that “we had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.”
Trump said the incident was “under investigation right now.”
But according to NBC News, there is no evidence of any flight like that taking place.
Trump also claimed that there are “people that are in the dark shadows” and “people that you haven’t heard of” controlling Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
NBC News reports that Trump’s claims about the flight are very similar to a viral Facebook post from June 1 that falsely stated, “At least a dozen males got off the plane in Boise from Seattle, dressed head to toe in black.”
The post was made by a man from Emmett, Idaho, warning residents to “Be ready for attacks downtown and residential areas.” He claimed one passenger had “a tattoo that said Antifa America on his arm.”
His post went viral and received over 3,000 shares on Facebook. Groups then began putting their own spin on the initial report, NBC News reports.
One post claimed that “Antifa has sent a plane load of their people” and that the Payette County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it.
The law enforcement office then had to issue a statement about the rumor and dispel it as “false information.”
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