Fact Check

Donald Trump Condoned Flag Burning?

In response to a controversial 2016 remark made by Donald Trump opposing flag burning, someone faked a 2011 tweet from him expressing the opposite view.

Published Nov. 28, 2016

Prior to condemning flag burning in November 2016, Donald Trump endorsed the act in February 2011.

On 29 November 2016, President-elect Donald Trump issued a controversial tweet about imposing strict consequences for flag burning:

Shortly thereafter, people began to circulate a tweet purportedly sent by Trump five years earlier that expressed the opposite view and condoned that form of protest:

Determining that the 2011 tweet had been faked was simple enough using Twitter's advanced search tool, which pulled up the entirety of Trump's February 2011 remarks on Twitter and turned up no such post.

Also, Donald Trump's tweets garnered far less engagement back in 2011 than they would several years later, after he began his run for the presidency. Rather than the tens of thousands of likes and retweets displayed in the purported February 2011 Trump pro-flag burning tweet seen above, his Twitter posts from that period typically prompted less than a hundred of each:

donald trump flag burning 2011

Although it is possible to delete tweets, most of Trump's deleted tweets have been archived by third-party services.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.