Fact Check: Several Photos Of 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Parade Do NOT Show November 14, 2020 Trump Protests in Washington D.C.

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

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Fact Check: Several Photos Of 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Parade Do NOT Show November 14, 2020 Trump Protests in Washington D.C. Cleveland 2016

Do several photos of the 2016 parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers show an aerial view of supporters of President Trump marching in Washington D.C. on November 14, 2020? No, that's not true. The Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship in 2016 and the pictures of their victory parade were taken years before the D.C. protest in 2020.

The pictures appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) from Kim M Stamford on November 14, 2020 along with the caption:

Omg. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #MillionMagaMarch2020

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Nov 15 11:05:28 2020 UTC)

However several of the pictures appeared to be taken at the 2016 celebration and parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers who won the NBA Championship that year. You can watch video of that event below:

You can verify more of the images were from that event via Google image search here and here.


  • 2020-11-15T16:24:00Z 2020-11-15T16:24:00Z
    Updated to simplify the lead paragraph.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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