From https://twitter.com/wpjenna/status/706227458777993216 (5K retweets, Washington Post reporter, verified user)

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Donald Trump makes members of his Orlando crowd raise their right hands and swear to vote in the primary.

Are the people holding up their arms to swear to vote for him, as opposed to, say, raising their hand to agree or disagree with a question he asked?

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    @Downvoter: I genuinely suspected someone making a bogus claim about him, because lots of people dislike him.
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 6, 2016 at 2:57
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    Note that the photo caption says he is having the crowd "swear to vote in the primary", not that he is having them swear to vote for him in the primary. Mar 6, 2016 at 8:57
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    It's common for candidates to ask people to pledge to vote for them, and even sign their name to that effect. Such pledges are not legally binding. So it's not the least bit surprising that Trump would do the same.
    – Flimzy
    Mar 6, 2016 at 21:09
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    @Flimzy do they raise their hands like this doing so?
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 6, 2016 at 21:25
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    @AndrewGrimm - many public speakers do the "raise your hand if ..." trick. It's a trick to give the audience some interactive participation. And/or to visualize the level of support for something. You do the same things in computer science lectures, so no evil political overtones are inherent in the approach.
    – user5341
    Mar 6, 2016 at 22:44

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I haven't got an exact match of the picture with any videos, but there is video evidence of him asking people to swear to vote for him.


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