Trump Adviser Smears Syrian Refugees With Debunked Video
The video does not show Syrian refugees supporting ISIS as claimed.
A senior campaign adviser to Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter Friday, falsely asserting that it showed Syrian refugees in Germany rallying for ISIS. The video, which has existed on YouTube since 2012, actually shows Salafist Muslims protesting an intentionally provocative rally held by an extreme right-wing group in Germany.
Daniel Scavino tweeted out the video, which has found new life on the Internet since November, when people on the far-Right began claiming that the clip depicted a pro-ISIS rally. It’s unclear where Scavino found the video.
There’s no evidence to suggest that those seen in the video are Syrian refugees.
The actual event depicted in the video is a 2012 protest in Bonn, Germany that escalated to violence as members of the Pro-NRW party displayed images of the Muslim prophet Muhammed. A group of Salafist Muslims, a fundamentalist sect of Islam adhered to by fewer than 10,000 of the more than 4 million Muslims living in Germany, protested the demonstration.