Does This Photograph Show a Crowd of Trump Supporters in London?

Is the American president distinguishable from a football team? One would think so.

  • Published 5 June 2019

Claim

A photograph captures a crowd of Londoners lining a street to welcome U.S. President Donald Trump to the UK.

Rating

Miscaptioned
About this rating

Origin

U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK in June 5 touched off the usual wrangling between the president and the press — and between his supporters and his detractors — over the relative sizes of crowds that turned out to either cheer or protest his visit. One side claimed that cheering throngs were large in size and groups of protesters were slight, while the other side claimed the opposite.

One example from social media purported to offer a photograph documenting “what English Trump supporters look like,” seemingly showing an impressive crowd of people lining a London street to watch the passage of Trump’s motorcade:

However, that photograph had nothing to do with Trump’s visit to the UK, nor was it taken in London at all. The picture was snapped in Liverpool (a city more than 200 miles north of London) and captured a homecoming and parade for that city’s football team, who had just defeated Tottenham in the Champions League Final:

Snopes.com
Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

Editorial
  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
Operations
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes