Donald Trump is already famous for making incredibly ignorant appeals to minority voters. In his latest appeal to Black voters, it appears that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been caught red handed lying about a Black family attending one of his rallies.
Trump shared this a tweet from a supporter that purported to show a Black family on the "Trump Train." This is not the first time Trump has retweeted this specific supporter before, when he made waves for comparing his wife, to Ted Cruz's wife.
This quickly lead many to do some investigation, and it quickly became clear that this photo was not taken at a Trump rally at all, and that the supporter most likely just Googled "Black Family" as Buzzfeed pointed out, the photo appears on the first page of that specific image search.
The true origin of the story is from a 2015 WCPO article that featured a story about Eddie and Vanessa Perry Cincinnati's 27th annual Midwest Black Family reunion.
Buzzfeed spoke to Eddie, who confirmed that neither he, nor his wife are endorsing or publicly supporting any political candidate. Perry added that on Saturday morning a friend texted him a screenshot of the Trump tweet, saying, "When I saw it I immediately knew it was political propaganda." Adding, "Why use it without asking for someone's permission?"
This is the second time in a week that Trump has made missteps with the Black community. At a California rally on Friday, Trump singled out a Black man in the crowd saying, "Oh look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest? You know what I'm talking about."
Seems if Trump can't actually muster Black support, he has no problem lying about it.
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