Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Donald Trump Shoving Man At Mar-A-Lago

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Donald Trump Shoving Man At Mar-A-Lago Friendly Pat

Does video footage show Donald Trump shoving a man at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort the former president calls home? No, that's not true: Another video of the incident makes clear it was a friendly pat. Additionally, the man who was allegedly "shoved" by Trump debunked the claim, writing "[H]e patted me on the back and walked away."

The claim was implied in a post (archived here) on X, formerly known as Twitter, on February 21, 2024. The post included a five-second, zoomed-in clip of Trump and read:

People are saying Donald Trump shoved a man at Mar-a-Lago. What do you think?

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

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Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Feb 23 14:43:33 2024 UTC)

The edited clip doesn't tell the true story, as another video of the incident makes clear. This longer, 10-second clip shows the scene from further away. It depicts Trump posing for a photograph with a man, briefly talking to him, then patting the man on the back before walking away.

The longer video was posted on X by Garrett Ventry, the man who posed with Trump. According to his LinkedIn profile (archived here), Ventry worked on the 2018 confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump nominee, as the senior communications advisor to the Senate Judiciary Committee and its then-chairman, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Alongside the video, Ventry wrote:

Guys this isn't a scandal. I was talking to President Trump after his speech, we then took a picture, then he patted me on the back and walked away. The internet is insane.

You can watch the footage here (archived here) and below:

Lead Stories has debunked a number of claims involving Trump at Mar-a-Lago. You can read a collection of those fact checks here.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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