Fake News: Meme Does NOT Show Real Photo Of Hispanics Thanking Trump For Fantastic Economy

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: Meme Does NOT Show Real Photo Of Hispanics Thanking Trump For Fantastic Economy

Does a meme show a real group of Hispanic people who are thanking President Trump for the "fantastic economy"? No, that's not true: The picture is a stock photo that was also used in an employee benefits brochure.

The story originated from a post (archived here) published by J.S. Nelson on December 18, 2019. It opened:

Thanks Trump for the Fantastic Economy
Hispanics for Trump 2020

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 1.16.55 PM.png

The meme implies that a group, "Hispanics for Trump 2020," is thanking the president for the economy. The people featured are not necessarily Trump supporters, however. The photo is a stock photo, and the same picture was used in a benefits brochure for ERA Business Solutions.

Some of the people may be Trump supporters, though it is impossible to know for sure. A poll conducted by Telemundo in October 2019 found that Trump is expected to get about 25 percent of the Latino vote in 2020.

Still, the men and women featured in this photo likely did not know at the time they were photographed that they would end up in a meme supporting President Trump.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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