Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Convoy Of Truckers 'Heading To Texas' In 2024

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  • by: Uliana Malashenko
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Convoy Of Truckers 'Heading To Texas' In 2024 2022

Does a viral video capture a convoy of truckers traveling to the southern border in 2024 to support Texas Governor Greg Abbott's stance on immigration? No, that's not true: The footage was posted online two years earlier. It captured truckers heading to Washington, D.C., not Texas.

The story appeared in a reel (archived here) on Facebook published on January 31, 2024, under the title:

The Trucks are Heading To Texas! 🤠🇺🇸

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

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Feb 5 17:04:01 2024 UTC)

The post, however, reused footage uploaded online in 2022 (archived here.) That footage portrayed a different event. At the time, truckers went to the country's capital to protest COVID-related restrictions:

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(Source: Business Insider screenshot taken on Mon Feb 5 17:05:03 2024 UTC)

Unlike the reel on Facebook, the material published by Business Insider contained interviews with people referring to COVID-19 or restrictions, and that further confirms that the event is unrelated to the 2024 confrontation over the southern border between Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden administration or truckers' position on it.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about recent events can be found here.

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  Uliana Malashenko

Uliana Malashenko is a New York-based freelance writer and fact checker.

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