Fake News: Mary And Fred Trump Pictured With Son Donald Are NOT In Their KKK Outfits

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Mary And Fred Trump Pictured With Son Donald Are NOT In Their KKK Outfits
Does a 1999 photo show Mary and Fred Trump posing with their son Donald in their KKK outfits? No, that's not true: It is a digitally-altered image made from a real photograph of the future President Trump and his parents in 1994. The original image showed Mary Trump wearing a dress and Fred Trump in a business suit. Lead Stories previously reported that there is no proof that the Trumps were ever affiliated with the racist Ku Klux Klan.

The fake image originated in a meme shared as early as November 2017 and was shared more recently in a post (archived here) published on October 27, 2019 under the title "Picture says a 1000 words". The text read:

Mary and Fred Trump with son Donald in their KKK outfits 1999

This is what social media users saw:

We found this image online that appears to have been taken at the same time as the original photo that was altered.

Real trump not kkk.jpg

It was published in November 2017 by The Independent newspaper with a caption saying it was taken in 1994.

The claim that the Trumps were involved with the KKK was initially linked to a New York Times clipping from 1927 that listed Fred Trump as among several men arrested during a New York riot involving KKK members clashing with police. Lead Stories debunked the claim that it was proof the elder Trump was a KKK member. Read that story titled "Fake News: No Proof Trump's Grandfather Was A Pimp And Tax Evader Or That His father A Member Of The KKK."

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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