BURLINGTON, N.C. — A photo going viral on social media shows Donald Trump supporters waving flags on a bridge in Burlington.
The problem? Many are saying the people in the photo are dressed like KKK members. The photo also says the people in the photo were on a bridge in Mebane.
But Assistant Chief Allen Byrd of the Mebane Police Department told WGHP the photo is not of the KKK in Mebane but of Trump supporters on the Tucker Street overpass in Burlington.
The Times-News reported Tuesday that it had actually interviewed some of the supporters on the bridge. “Peering over the Tucker Street overpass Tuesday, Barry Brown and roughly a dozen other Donald Trump supporters waved flags at the passing motorists below,” the story said.
Alamance County Sheriff’s director of public information Randy Jones told BuzzFeed News that after the image started going viral on Twitter, the sheriff’s office and police departments from Mebane and Burlington began to receive calls about the tweet.
Jones said that police officers drove out to the overpass where they saw members of the same group of Trump supporters written about by the Times-News the day before out with their flags.
“It’s the same group of people. They’ve got several flags, but they’re not in garb There’s nothing related to the Klan,” Jones said.
He added that he drives by the bridge personally every day and had seen the same group before.
Even the website Snopes.com, which aims to quash rumors, is chiming in on the photo.