BURLINGTON — A tweet that went viral on social media Wednesday morning claiming members of the Ku Klux Klan were waving flags on a Burlington bridge above the interstate is false, says Alamance County Sheriff Randy Jones.
Jones says the photo attached to the tweet was actually taken on Election Day and depicts Donald Trump supporters waving the American flag, a Christian flag and a pro-second amendment flag over I-40/I-85. None of the group have anything to do with the KKK nor were any waving a confederate flag. Nothing was reported to police or the Sheriff's Office about them.
The tweet sent by a twitter user named 'shorty guizman' got over 43,000 retweets and over 24,000 likes as of 1:30 p.m.
KKK on the bridge in Mebane, NC this morning 😪 pic.twitter.com/GcSQeUB3w9— shorty guizman (@kelbi1lewis) November 9, 2016
In a phone interview, Jones said he's received calls all morning asking about the photo, including from Buzzfeed and ABC News.
Trump, the Republican nominee, was announced the winner of the Presidential election Wednesday morning around 2:30.