Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Taylor Swift Going To Kansas City, Missouri, Football Game -- It's Donald Trump's Motorcade In Iowa

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Taylor Swift Going To Kansas City, Missouri, Football Game -- It's Donald Trump's Motorcade In Iowa Trump In Iowa

Does a video showing a large motorcade with flashing lights traveling on a snow-covered highway document the arrival of Taylor Swift at Arrowhead Stadium to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play the Miami Dolphins in Missouri? No, that's not true: The video shows Donald Trump's motorcade arriving in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 13, 2024, in advance of the Iowa caucus on January 15, 2024. Video of Swift's arrival shows a smaller motorcade met her private jet in Missouri.

The video clip (archived here) was published on X by @ritsmith on January 13, 2024. It was captioned:

Taylor Swift arriving to Arrowhead Stadium
To watch her boyfriend Travis Kelce tonight in Kansas City 🏈 🥶

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

Twitter screenshot(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Sun Jan 14 15:01:47 2024 UTC)

Visible in the above screenshot is a road sign for George Flagg Parkway, the road connecting the Des Moines International Airport to downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

The post of @ritsmith identified that the original source (pictured above in lower left corner) of the video was Margo Martin, the deputy director of communications for Donald Trump's campaign. The entire post from Martin, timestamped 7:06 p.m. January 13, 2024, was not reposted by @ritsmith, only the video. Martin's caption reads:

President @realDonaldTrump arrives in Des Moines!

Another post showing a video of the motorcade was made by Dan Scavino Jr., a senior adviser with Donald Trump's 2024 campaign. The video opens with the motorcade without emergency lights driving around a plane on the tarmac with patches of windswept snow. At the 0:16 second mark the motorcade moves down a snow-covered on-ramp and out onto the highway with the red and blue lights flashing.

.@realDonaldTrump is wheels down in Iowa...


(Image source: X screenshot taken on Sun Jan 14 16:36:37 2024 UTC)

A January 12, 2024, article on cnn.com titled, "Trump cancels three out of four of his weekend rallies before Iowa caucuses due to weather" reviews some of the changes made to Trump's schedule because of the sub-zero weather in Iowa. Forbes Breaking News posted a video on YouTube on January 13, 2024, of the telerally that was held from Hotel Fort in Des Moines with Trump and Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.

Taylor Swift did attend the Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs playoff game at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Photos of Swift's midday arrival at the Charles B. Wheeler Airport in Kansas City were captured by a Daily Mail photographer. The dailymail.com article includes images of a private jet on the tarmac with black SUVs pulled alongside and several large umbrellas shielding the view of who was disembarking. A photo of the motorcade leaving on a snowy road in daylight is captioned:

The 34-year-old billionaire was whisked away by an awaiting three-strong motorcade

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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