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Fake Photos Of Phoenix Trump Rally Crowd Go Viral (Photos)

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An image of what was taken to be a massive crowd gathering for President Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Aug. 22 went viral after it was proven to be actual "fake news."

The image was posted by a Twitter account which describes itself as the "Unofficial Twitter of Tennessee Republicans," The Inquisitr reported. It showed a huge crowd gathering in the street.

"Massive crowd waiting outside for the Trump rally in Phoenix!" the account owner wrote as the caption of the photo.

But after some Twitter users right clicked the photo and opted to “Search Google for Image," it was revealed that the picture was actually an aerial shot from the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade, not Trump's 2017 Phoenix rally.

The account deleted the Twitter post after several social media users called them out on the blunder. However, the damage was already done, as the photo was retweeted more than 800 times and liked more than 1,000 times.

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The misleading photo was also used for a side-by-side comparison of the anti-Trump protesters versus the "pro-Trump crowd" before the account's owner deleted the posts.

Another aerial image of a massive crowd said to be gathering for the Trump rally began circulating on Twitter. That photo was also proven to be from the 2016 Cavaliers parade, just form a different angle, AZ Central reported.

These weren't the only images that made headlines on Aug. 22. The Arizona GOP was called out by Vice News after using a promotional photo from comedian Margaret Cho's 1994 sitcom, "All-American Girl," on their website.

The photo was used to represent Asian Americans in the U.S. and was featured on the state Republican Party's "People" page.

"As a political party, Republicans offer a universally appealing perspective on the proper role of government -- one based on a genuine recognition of individual equality, fairness, and justice for all," the website stated. "We believe it is unfair to demand special rights for certain races, push policies that favor members of one group over another, or single out certain ethnic or social groups with the promise of special favors or political privileges."

The website page went inactive shortly after Vice called them out for it.

“As soon as this was brought to our attention, the page was taken down,” Torunn Sinclair, spokeswoman for the Arizona Republican Party, told Vice News. “This was obviously a mistake, and we apologize.”

Cho has not issued any official response yet.

Sources: The Inquisitr, AZ Central, Vice News / Featured Image: Matt Johnson/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter via AZ CentralVice News

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