In February 2024, the former president of the United States donald trump appeared in front of an enthusiastic crowd at a sneaker convention known as Sneaker Con. The February 17 event took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania.

Upon arriving, Trump carried a pair of shiny gold high-tops with an American flag detail on the back to a lectern. The newly announced Trump-inspired shoes were called “Never Surrender High-Tops” and cost $399, according to The Associated Press, which also noted that his appearance on the convention floor to “sell” the shoes occurred just one day. after a press conference in New York. The judge announced a $355 million judgment against him in his civil fraud trial.

Two of the rumors that emerged from Trump’s appearance were that the crowd booed him and that they joined in chanting “Go Biden!” While the booing rumor requires more explanation, the claim about the chant was false. Some members of the crowd shouted Trump’s well-known rally chant of “F— Joe Biden!”, not “Let’s go Biden!”, as a way to show support for the former president.

Instead of applying a single fact-check rating to collectively rate two different claims (one that appears to be surrounded by misleading posts that lack evidence and another that is false), we have laid out all the facts in the following story.

Examples of the ‘Trump booed’ claim

Following Trump’s appearance on the convention floor, progressive network Meidas Touch posted (archived) on YouTube: “Trump Gets Booed WITHOUT MERCY at Philadelphia ‘Sneaker Con’.” The video had been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

Popular TikTok user @harryjsisson said in an (archived) video with nearly 800,000 views that Trump had been “severely booed.”

MSNBC also highlighted the Sneaker Con boos in a TikTok video, both in the video’s title and at the end of the clip.

In X, user @Mr_Webcast (archived) claimed that Trump was “relentlessly booed” and said he left the stage “after 60 seconds of a planned 45-minute speech.” Meanwhile, user @TristanSnell (archived) posted: “Trump booed off stage at SneakerCon, leaves angrily after 1 minute of planned 60-minute speech.”

But rumors about whether a politician was booed at a meeting often seem to be promoted by people who fail to gather a lot of data before coming to their own, partisan-influenced, validation-seeking conclusions.

These popular posts and videos claimed that Trump had been booed “mercilessly,” “meanly,” and “relentlessly.” These are all subjective terms, and it is a stretch to use such language to describe what was apparently a few brief seconds of booing in which the purpose of the booing was unclear. Several people could be heard shouting in the crowd, some positively and others unclear, and it is possible that one or more people were being booed as they tried to interrupt the former president.

To be clear, it was false to say that Trump left the stage after 60 seconds. Trump spoke to the crowd for just over five minutes. He was present in the convention hall room for just over 14 minutes. Additionally, we found no evidence that he had planned to give a 45- or 60-minute speech, as some users claimed.

Did Trump get booed at Sneaker Con?

Right-Side Broadcasting Network on YouTube provided live video of Trump’s remarks at Sneaker Con. At the 1:30:05 mark of the YouTube video, just as some feedback noises could be heard coming from the venue’s sound system, room, Trump told attendees: “Hello, everyone. Thank you very much. And we have a few ladies who are here crying. Look at you with Trump 2024. Thanks, honey.”

A woman at the front of the crowd responded positively to Trump with a high-pitched voice. Trump responded: “I love you too. Wow. A lot of emotion. There’s a lot of emotion in this room.”

It was at this point that a few seconds of apparent booing could be heard from what appeared to be a small number of people in the crowd. This was followed by the audio system once again producing feedback, which sounded similar to the sounds of booing.

Again, due to a lack of evidence, it is unclear whether the brief sounds of some apparent booing were intended for Trump or were directed at one or more attendees shouting at the former president, as one X user also did. he asked himself (archived). (This user provided no evidence that it was No Trump who was being booed.)

Fact: Crowd chanted ‘We want Trump’ before arriving

Snopes searched for other Sneaker Con video clips to better understand whether the crowd was supportive of Trump’s appearance. After all, such an understanding would be at the heart of what users were claiming in their posts: that Trump was not welcome at the convention.

The videos Snopes reviewed appeared to show the crowd was largely supportive, not opposed, of the former president’s appearance.

At least two videos showed what appeared to be many of the attendees shouting “We want Trump!” before his arrival. Users who posted about booing did not share these clips with their followers.

Fact: Crowd chanted ‘USA!’ After Trump’s speech

After Trump finished making his brief remarks, which included urging young people to vote in the November election, he was greeted with a raucous chant of “USA!” Like the “We want Trump!” chant, the chant of “USA!” was not shared by the users who posted about the boos.

Other videos showed convention attendees greeting Trump after his speech, where he signed some of his shoes. Some photos posted on the Getty Images website showed members of the crowd wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and at least one T-shirt with the words “Joe Biden Sucks.”

Additionally, Snopes found videos of positive-minded TikTok users who were at the convention and posted more details about the Trump-inspired shoes.

The crowd didn’t chant ‘Go Biden!’

As for the statement about the “Go Biden!” chant, one of the most popular posts on “These young people are too smart to fall for their s—.”

However, once again, there is no evidence that the crowd chanted in support of Biden. The crowd chanted “F— Joe Biden!” and one of the attendees seen singing in this video clip was one of many people in the crowd holding signs that read “Sneakerheads Love Trump.”

For more, Snopes previously reported on the origins of the anti-Biden phrase “Let’s go Brandon!”

Sources:

@americafirst617. “WE WANT THE TRUMP CHANT TO BURST ON SNEAKER WITH EN FILY!” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@americafirst617/video/7336685144285416750.

@Axel. “Trump is in the sneaker scam signing people’s shoes.” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@Axel./video/7336698735902182698.

@beaver_punch. “Don’t believe the media: They didn’t boo him at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia.” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@beaver_punch/video/7336953809274506539.

@jaysse_lopez. “Unpacking Donald Trump Sneakers!” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@jaysse_lopez/video/7336717060447210794.

Lauer, Claudia and Jill Colvin. “Trump Hawks sells $399 designer shoes at ‘Sneaker Con,’ a day after $355 million judgment against him.” The Associated PressFebruary 17, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/trump-sneakers-sneaker-con-philadelphia-4de093eda6f8d1c68baf8fe8095f777b.

“LIVE REPLAY: PRESIDENT TRUMP GIVES SPEECH AT SNEAKER CON IN PHILADELPHIA – 02/17/24”. YoutubeRight Side Broadcasting Network, February 17, 2024, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUt57tv-DRk.

@MSNBC. “Donald Trump announced his new sneaker line yesterday to a booing crowd at Sneaker Con yesterday.” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@msnbc/video/7337052394179546410.

“Sneaker Con Philadelphia – February 17, 2024”. With sneakershttps://sneakercon.com/event/sneaker-con-philadelphia-february-17-2024/.

@soleloco. “First look at Trump’s first shoe”. Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@soleloco/video/7336685032209255722.

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—. “Supporters and attendees listen to Republican presidential candidate…” fake imagesFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/supporters-and-attendees-listen-to-republican-presidential-news-photo/2018531692.

Snopes Staff. “‘Let’s Go Brandon’: A Collection of Stories”. snopesNovember 2, 2021, https://www.snopes.com//collections/lets-go-brandon/.

@swaggyomar. “My God.” Tik TokFebruary 17, 2024, https://www.tiktok.com/@swaggyomar/video/7336684450727660842.

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By Sam