#RapeMelania: Twitter trend met with outrage & suspicion
Many were angered by the sign and, after the hashtag 'Rape Melania' was used tens of thousands of times on Twitter, the social network was condemned for allowing such a violent issue to trend on its site.
The image came from an anti-Trump protest which took place Saturday night in Washington D.C. Protesters marched from the White House through the city, stopping outside Trump’s hotel, where the image was taken.
The fact that #rapemelania is trending on twitter makes liberals and Hillary supporters look demented, hypocritical, & cruel. Inexcusable.— Morgan Skipper (@Skipzzzzzzz) November 13, 2016
Twitter users called for liberal feminists to give the rape sign as much attention as they would other feminist issues.
When you see Liberal Feminist not saying anything about Rape Melania just shows how fake Feminist they are like— Hispanic Deplorable (@Chrisevansny) November 13, 2016
If Dems really care about us women they will denounce the #RapeMelania sign and tag. The hate and hypocrisy is depressing.— Allie Leppo (@leppo_al) November 13, 2016
Where are all the feminist defending Melania for #Rapemelania ? 🤔 Unbelievable...— 2016 Deplorables (@2016Deplorables) November 14, 2016
Liberal logic...— Jess Lynn 🐰 (@WhitestRabbit_) November 13, 2016
"Grab 'em by the pussy" =❌NOT OK
"Rape Melania" = ✔️OK pic.twitter.com/FM5X3Orsc1
Some users have accused the image of being a fake. One tweeter highlighted the fact that all other signs are facing forwards in the image, as the holders are facing that direction.
This whole "Rape Melania" thing: 100% fake. Trending cause of "outrage" and the sign seems to be photoshopped. pic.twitter.com/B4S3I5lIxB— #J20 General Strike (@EmmaCaterine) November 13, 2016
the sign saying "rape Melania" at the DC protest is FAKE,the image circulating is edited.I was in that exact spot & promise it wasn't there— memely📎 (@emilyufo) November 13, 2016
People believed the sign has been Photoshopped, pointing out the lack of depth to the image, and the sign being very straight.
I'm an equal opportunity skeptic. Think the Silver Spring pro-Trump graffiti is fake and so is the "Rape Melania" sign.— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) November 13, 2016
Wait a tick. Why are all the signs facing forward except that one. That's a fake ass "rape Melania" sign if I've ever seen one. Show me vid— Tarl Tankersley (@TarlwithaT) November 13, 2016
@GlennThrush Fake photo that started circulation on Twitter last night. Welcome to Breitbart World! Regardless, Melania s/be off limits— Jenn (@JezebelButler) November 14, 2016
FRAUD ALERT - "Rape Melania" Sign is Bad Photoshopping. No Graphics artists noticed?? pic.twitter.com/izG5ZY6eXI— Harry T Nacious (@HarryTNacious) November 14, 2016
Others felt calling the image fake is just an excuse by “liberals.”