Fact Check: White House Is NOT Flying 1776 Flag, NOT Calling For Revolution

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: White House Is NOT Flying 1776 Flag, NOT Calling For Revolution Old Photo

Is the White House flying a 1776 flag as a signal from President Trump for a revolution? No, that's not true: This is a photo from 2019 and not a signal to revolt. This post comes as many Trump supporters are descending on Washington, D.C., to protest the January 6, 2021, meeting of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote and Joe Biden's victory.

The claim appeared in an article published by halturnerradioshow.com on January 5, 2021, titled "BREAKING NEWS: 1776 Flag Flying Over White House! REVOLUTION SIGNAL" (archived here) which opened:

The 1776 Flag is presently flying atop the White House in Washington, DC. It is the signal of REVOLUTION from our President!

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

BREAKING NEWS: 1776 Flag Flying Over White House! REVOLUTION SIGNAL

The 1776 Flag is presently flying atop the White House in Washington, DC. It is the signal of REVOLUTION from our President!

The original photo was posted to Instagram on June 1, 2019, by Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff:

WH South side 2019 at night by Dr. Sean Conley

It is clear from the lens flare, the shape of the flag, the person in the door under the awning, and the foliage that Scavino's photo is the same as the one in the halturnerradioshow.com article.

What's more, the flag in the photo is the American flag we know today with 50 stars, definitely not the 18th century Betsy Ross flag with the stars in a circle.

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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