No, the Woman Giving a Nazi Salute at a Trump Rally Wasn’t a Sanders Supporter

March 13, 2016 by celinagut

With emotional energy, physical violence and vitriol out of control at Drumpf rallies there is a lot of room for untruths and misconceptions. That one image, that one statement, that one moment tests all our faculties and challenges us to “proof the pudding”.

By Daniel Politi for


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A photograph that quickly made the rounds on social media from Donald Trump’s canceled rally in Chicago shows an older woman decked out in campaign gear for the real estate developer giving the Nazi salute. The Chicago Tribune identified the woman as Birgitt Peterson of Yorkville, Illinois. But Donald Trump Jr., the candidate’s eldest son, sent out a tweet endorsing a claim that the woman in the picture was actually Portia Boulger, an outspoken supporter for Bernie Sanders. “Big surprise,” wrote Trump Jr. “However, the media will never run this.” He later seems to have deleted the tweet.

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The only problem? Boulger insists she was not in Chicago on Friday night. And, besides, she looks nothing like the person in the picture.

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