President Donald Trump gestures at a rally at the Phoenix convention centre.
President Donald Trump gestures at a rally at the Phoenix convention centre. Rick Scuteri

President Trump delivers his own fake news

DONALD Trump's first rally since the violence in Charlottesville has led to protests on the streets and to the US President getting caught telling a blatant lie during a speech.

Trump supporters and protesters clashed in scuffles and shouting matches with each other and police outside the Phoenix Convention Center while the US President told those inside there was nothing to see.

He claimed there weren't many protesters outside.

"And just so you know from the Secret Service, there aren't too many people outside protesting,” Mr Trump said.

"That I can tell you.”

One problem - it wasn't true. Second problem, people took to social media.

Putting the number of protesters in their thousands, CNN reported: "There are indeed many protesters outside, as CNN has been reporting for hours. Our correspondents said there are thousands of peaceful demonstrators in the area, standing outside in (41-degree) heat with signs.”

As the rally ended, the protests took a violent turn with police firing teargas canisters, pepperballs and flash grenades into the crowd. Media reports said some protesters had thrown bottles at police.

Hundreds ran into surrounding streets, coughing and wiping tears.

The world called the President out on his own fake news via social media, posting pictures of the mob as the Trump show unfolded. - Debbie Schipp



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