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Fake News: Two Full Busses of Illegals Trying to Vote NOT Detained By Militia At The Border

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:32:56 Z)

Did a colonel named "Gary" of the "People's Militia of Alabama" detain two full busses of illegals at the border who were trying to vote in the U.S. midterm elections? No, that's not true: the claim was made by a recently renamed twitter account using old photographs of a protest as "proof". It is not true.

The story originated from a tweet published on November 6, 2018 by a Twitter user calling himself "Col. Gary" (archived here) which looked like this:

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/ItMeDoge/status/1059835463396139009

However other Twitter users were quick to point out that the picture used to illustrate the tweet actually came from a 2014 protest:

Protests turn back buses carrying illegal immigrant children

Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The image used as the avatar of the Twitter account appears to be of someone named "Rick Light" from a Texas-based militia group:

Rebuttal of Rick Light Texas State Militia Commander

Shown above is Rick Light Texas State Militia Commander

The Twitter account @ItMeDoge that posted the tweet appears to have recently changed its name and bio. Right now it says "Col. Gary" and it has following bio:

Colonel of the People's Militia of Alabama. Proudly protecting liberty from mass immigration of illegals, murderers, and drug dealers.

But as recently as September 13, 2008 (archived link) the name listed on the profile was just "Dogeā„¢" with a bio that read "Never Tweet".

It appears the whole thing is just a giant troll, as this tweet (archived version) seems to suggest:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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