Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show A Trump Caravan Headed To DC From California in January, 2021 -- It Is A 2020 Photo

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show A Trump Caravan Headed To DC From California in January, 2021 -- It Is A 2020 Photo Old Photo

Does this photo show a caravan headed to DC from California in support of the pro-Trump rally on January 6, 2021? No, that's not true: The photograph on social media showing a long line of cars with American flags traveling on a highway is from October 2020 and shows cars on New York's Long Island, New York, not vehicles traveling from California.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on January 3, 2021. It opened:

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please post so others can join .... πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

post or share where you are πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

where you are leaving from πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

day and time πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
.... so people can meet up ...πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jan 4 20:15:01 2021 UTC)

The picture that has gone viral is from a pro-Trump parade prior to the November 3, 2020, election.

The photograph was one of several shared on Twitter by rally organizer Shawn Farash on October 19, 2020.

The car parade was held on Long Island, from Seaford to Montauk, Patch.com reported in an article titled, "Trump Parade Across Long Island Draws Thousands," published on October 18, 2020.

News 12 in Brooklyn reported on October 18, 2020, rally:

The parade, dubbed "MAGA-gras," began at the Seaford Train Station. Thousands of people attended and drove all the way to the end of Long Island at Montauk Point. Many donned flags and signs in support of Trump.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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