In the wake of pro-Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, false claims surrounding the event have emerged on social media. The USA T
In the wake of pro-Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, false claims surrounding the event have emerged on social media. The USA TODAY Fact Check team is dedicated to verifying claims and fighting misinformation. Here’s a roundup of recent fact-checks related to the Capitol riot:
On images and videos
Fact check: San Francisco pro-Trump rally photo passed off as DC protest image
A viral image claiming to show a caravan of Trump supporters heading to Washington on Jan. 6 is false. The photo is of a a pro-Trump truck rally from October in San Francisco. Published Jan. 6.
Fact check: Images falsely claim to show this week’s pro-Trump demonstrations
Images claiming to show pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., are actually photos from 2018 March for Our Lives rally and 2017 Women’s March. Published Jan. 6.
Fact check: No, Chuck Norris wasn’t at the riot at the U.S. Capitol
Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris was not at the riot at the U.S. Capitol. His manager confirmed to USA TODAY that the man seen in a photo who resembles Norris, is not actually him. Published Jan. 13.
Fact check: Video shows Trump family in tent before Jan. 6 rally
A video claiming to show President Donald Trump and members of his family celebrating amid the Capitol riot is false. The video was recorded before Trump’s speech. Published Jan. 12.
Fact check: Demonstrators erected a cross at Michigan Capitol, not US Capitol
Demonstrators erected a cross in front of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, not the U.S. Capitol, as claimed by social media users. Published Jan. 7.
Fact check: NPR posted story early, updated live amid Capitol riot
Claims that NPR posted a story about rioters in the U.S. Capitol hours before the attack took place are missing context. The story was a live feed, first posted at 9:33 a.m., and updated throughout the day. Published Jan. 9.
Fact check: Image of ‘Simpsons’ character doctored to mimic Capitol riot participant
An image of a purported character from “The Simpsons” dressed in fur, a horned hat, painted face and tattoos has been altered to falsely claim that the show predicted the Capitol riot ahead of time. Published Jan. 12.
Fact check: False claim of facial recognition of antifa members during U.S. Capitol riot
Claims that members of antifa were identified among rioters at the U.S. Capitol by a facial recognition company are false. The facial recognition technology firm publicly refuted the claims. Published Jan. 7.
Fact check: Face-painted Capitol trespasser in horns is a known QAnon supporter
The shirtless, face-painted man who was pictured in social media images of the Jan. 6 Capitol building breach is not affiliated with anti-fascist-or anti-racism movements. Published Jan. 7.
On BLM protest comparisons
Fact check: Joe Biden has condemned protest-related violence from the left and the right
It’s false to claim President-elect Joe Biden condemned violence on Jan. 6 but didn’t condemn violent protests by Black Lives Matter or antifa last summer. Published Jan. 7.
Fact check: Viral images compare handling of Black Lives Matter protests and Capitol riot
Images comparing law enforcement’s handling of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests to the Capitol riot are missing context. An image used in the claim shows the National Guard at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after it was vandalized, not at the U.S. Capitol. Published Jan. 8.
Fact check: Meme inaccurately portrays police action at New York BLM protest
A meme that compares an image of a Trump supporter being walked down the Capitol steps to a photo of BLM protester Martin Gugino, which it describes as an “old man bystander who had his head kicked in by police,” is partly false. Gugino was pushed backward by police and fell. Published Jan. 13.
Fact check: Social media falsely claims Vice President Mike Pence was arrested
Vice President Mike Pence was not arrested on Jan. 6. He was removed from the Senate chamber to a secure location and was on Twitter in the interim. Published Jan. 7.
Fact check: False claim about pardons for those involved in Capitol riot
The “WH Office of Pardon Attorney” is not assisting Trump in preparing pardons for the rioters involved with violence at the U.S. Capitol. The Department of Justice confirmed that the post is fake. Published Jan. 13.
Fact check: Man in viral airport video was asked to deplane for refusal to wear mask
A viral video claiming to show a man screaming about being placed on the no-fly list due to the riot at the Capitol is false. The man was asked to leave the flight for violating a mask requirement. Published Jan. 12.
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