The term #TrumpRiot is trending on Twitter one day after talk of Trump death threats and heart attack hoaxes made the news, as reported by the Inquisitr. However, there are so many fake hoaxes being spread across social media that some Trump supporters are falling for them hook, line, and sinker. One such fake hoax claimed that a woman pooped on a Trump sign in public.
The Facebook account named “Braden Walter” from (hint, hint) “Troll Station, Antarctica” posted a very NSFW and graphic video of a woman pooping on what Braden claimed was a Trump sign. The first odd thing about the video on Walter’s Facebook page — which has swelled to more than 8 million views in the 16 hours since the fake Trump protester hoax was published — is that it has no audio.
The second clue is that Braden misspelled the word protester in the description of the hoax video.
“Trump protestor drops her pants, craps, PICKS IT UP, and then wipes it on a Trump sign. This is what were dealing with now.”
After the video was published to Braden’s Facebook page, plenty of people began to leave divisive comments — such as Republicans would never do such a horrid thing, assuming the woman pooping on the supposed Trump sign was a Democrat.
But she’s likely not a Democrat — nor even American. It’s actually performance art from July 10, 2012, from a video on YouTube titled “Rocio Boliver,” as noted in a NSFW Facebook comment showing a screengrab of the 2012 video.
The actual NSFW YouTube video says it was a performance performed on July 7, 2012, in the Zocalo, which is a plaza in Mexico City, Mexico. That stands to reason as it sounds like there is Spanish being spoken in the original video.
However, without much due diligence and research, folks are running with Walter’s description of the events and creating articles like “VIDEO: Democrat Defecates in Public, Picks It Up, Wipes it on Trump Sign, by The Geller Report.”
Immediately, what is assumed to be an anti-Trump person pooping on a Trump sign is being called “pure evil,” claiming it’s the kind of thing that Trump supporters are dealing with – “the hatred of the good.”
According to the below trend graph from Trendolizer, that article alone has been liked 26,000 times on Facebook.
Other hoaxes surrounding the Trump hysteria are rampant.
As reported by Snopes, reports of a mob beating a man for voting for Trump are also false. However, the following video of the event is disturbing all the same.
Warning: This video might be upsetting to some viewers.
Instead, Chicago authorities claim the altercation stemmed from a traffic dispute — and not from anything related to Trump or political viewpoints.
However, the disturbing video of David Wilcox being beaten, as reported by the Inquisitr, featured people yelling anti-Trump sentiments at David.
Therefore, every photo showing up under #TrumpRiot hashtags on Twitter — like #trumpriot Oakland, #trumpriot #Portland, #trumpriot Los Angeles, #trumpriot Pearl and #trumpriot Periscope — should be taken with a grain of salt and verified prior to sharing on social media.
By right-clicking on an image and choosing “search Google for image,” such as this reporter did on the following image, a person can uncover more details about whether or not the photos may actually be derived from recent Trump protests — or are hoaxes designed to draw eyeballs and sway viewpoints to a certain line of thought. The image on the below right is reportedly from Mexico, not recent Trump protests.
Whereas social media “citizen journalists” many times can take photos that aren’t necessarily captured by Associated Press photographers — such as the top AP photo above of protest organizer Mallie Feltner speaking to an anti-Trump crowd at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 10 — at times those photos can be used in malicious ways.
Other times, photos and videos can be powerful, as used to show Trump’s day No. 1, as reported by Medium, which also called out Trump hate hoaxes and truthful racist graffiti found in the wake of Trump becoming President-elect Trump.
As noted in the following trend graph from Trendolizer, the Medium article has been liked more than 40,000 times on Facebook.
[Featured Image by Timothy D. Easley/AP Images]