Maajid Nawaz tweeted that someone at an anti-Trump held up an "Rape Melania" sign (in reference to Melania Trump):

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But some commenters are saying it's photoshopped:

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Did a protester show this sign or was it doctored?

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    Snopes presents the evidence, but doesn't draw a conclusion.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 14:39
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    Sure was picked up by many, many (over 100k) Twitter accounts.
    – user36356
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 14:46
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    – Avery
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 14:54
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    @Avery I'd say your link qualifies as an answer. Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 15:36
  • Some fairly specific allegations here as to the source of the sign. (BuzzFeed has not much credibility these days, neither does Gionet, but they describe how they allegedly verified source's claims. It is unverifiable by us, as we do not have access to the source. Also alluded to back in November by WaPo, here.)
    – ff524
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 0:22

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Based on the link offered by Avery the sign was in fact displayed at the protest, and other protestors acted pretty quickly to get the sign taken down.

The article mentions that some people drew a conclusion that it was pretty likely that the person holding the sign and the person who took the photograph worked together, either to discredit the protest or just to troll, but there is no proof of either version presented.

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    There is now evidence that the person holding the sign was likely far-right activist Jack Posobiec.
    – tim
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 8:45

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