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Photo has been edited to show Trump’s parents wearing KKK robes

October 29, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Picture shows Mary and Fred Trump, wearing Ku Klux Klan robes, standing with son Donald Trump in 1999.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo, which was taken of Trump with his parents in 1992, has been altered.

THE FACTS: The manipulated photo, edited to make it appear Trump’s parents are wearing Klan garb, has circulated before on social media. It surfaced again this week on Facebook and Twitter.

The original photo was taken by Judie Burstein in 1992, according to Globe Photos, a celebrity and entertainment photo company that archived the image in March 2004.


The image shows Trump in a red tie and a black suit standing with his arms wrapped around his mother and father. Mary Trump is wearing a pink and black floral suit, with pearls draped around her neck. Fred Trump is wearing a navy suit, red pocket square and polka dot tie. The three Trumps posed for the photo against a marble wall backdrop and a sign that reads “theater tickets.”

Trump followed his father into the real estate business. Fred Trump, who made a fortune in real estate, died in 1999 at the age of 93. Mary Trump died in 2000, at the age of 88.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536