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Trump Supporters Try to Pass Off Woodstock Photo As a Photo of Trump MAGA Rally

Ah, what would we do without Trump supporters?

Oh, I know. We’d have Hillary Clinton as president and a normal running democracy. But I digress.

Trump supporters have been on Twitter spreading a meme that purports to show an enormous crowd at a recent Trump rally in Pennsylvania.

There’s just one problem though. The photo is actually from the Woodstock music festival in August of 1969. Which is obvious if you notice everyone is wearing tie-dye and bellbottoms and not racist red MAGA hats.

Per Snopes, the original picture was taken by photographer Barry Z. Levine on 15 August 1969 and captured an aerial view of the massive festival crowd in Bethel, New York.

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The president did hold a rally in Montoursville, Penn., in May 2019, and according to local news reports, thousands of supporters attended. However, Woodstock was a historic cultural event that was notable not just for capturing the zeitgeist of the Baby Boomer generation and the artists who performed there, but also its size. An estimated 400,000 celebrants attended the festival at its height.

Crowd size is a topic of some obsession for Trump, who made a fuss about images comparing the size of his inauguration crowd with that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Twitter had a field day:

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.

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