Fake News: Antifa Protesters Did NOT Unfurl Banner At Trump Hotel

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  • by: Wayne Drash

Did Antifa protesters breach security at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas to hang a banner reading Trump "IS IMPEACHED FOREVER" ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic debate? No, that's not true: the video has been digitally manipulated by a known prankster, and the same footage has been used before with different sayings on the banner.

The claim originated from a tweet published by Paul Lidicul on February 19, 2020, (archived here). The tweet began:

Antifa protesters breach security at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas to hang a banner from the rooftop - ahead of the #DemDebate being held there tonight.


Users on social media only saw this:

The video has been viewed more than 85,000 times and retweeted over 3,200 times, with another 8,400 likes.

Some users quickly began to call out the fake, although Lidicul continued to claim it was real.

We wrote about previous pranks by Lidicul. In October 2019, he posted a digitally altered video claiming to be a Greenpeace sign unfurled, also on the Trump hotel in Las Vegas, saying Trump "betrayed and murdered the Kurdish people." Greenpeace quickly denied that the banner was real.

Last summer, the French news agency AFP shot down another iteration of the prank in which the banner read "concentration camps" on the side of the hotel.

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  Wayne Drash

Wayne Drash, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is a former senior producer and writer for CNN’s Health team, telling narratives about life and the unfolding drama of the world we live on. He specialized in covering complex major issues, such as health insurance, the opioid epidemic and Big Pharma.


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