Fact Check: Social Media Photo Does NOT Show Trump May 2024 Rally In Bronx -- It's Obama Event From 2008

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Social Media Photo Does NOT Show Trump May 2024 Rally In Bronx -- It's Obama Event From 2008 It's St. Louis

Does a photo on social media show former President Donald Trump's May 23, 2024, political rally in the Bronx? No, that's not true: The image does not depict the New York City borough. Instead, it shows a 2008 campaign event in St. Louis by then-presidential nominee Barack Obama, which news reports at the time said drew 90,000 people.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published on X, formerly Twitter, by Alex Cole on May 23, 2024. The post's caption said:

Pretty good crowd for Trump in the Bronx.

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


(Source: X screenshot taken on Thu May 30 16:50:06 2024 UTC)

The post

To show the candidate's popularity, the post displays what it falsely claims is a picture of a political rally Trump held in Crotona Park in the Bronx on May 23, 2024. Trump did hold a rally in the Bronx on May 23, 2024; however, the image in the post doesn't show it.

The photograph

Through a reverse image search with Google Lens, Lead Stories found that the image featured in the post on social media is actually from more than 15 years earlier. The photograph is from an Obama rally held at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on October 18, 2008. The distinctive St. Louis County Old Courthouse (circled in red below) can be seen in the background of two different images from that day:


(Source: Getty Images and St. Louis Public Radio taken on Fri May 24 2024 UTC)

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At the time this fact check was written, India Today had reviewed the same claim.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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