Fact Check : Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests

You have probably seen the Spot The Difference post criticising Rev. Patrick Mahoney on his hypocrisy on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests.

Find out if it’s true that Patrick Mahoney posted those tweets on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests!

 

Spot The Difference : Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On HK + George Floyd Protests

Controversial Christian pastor Rev. Patrick Mahoney waded into the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests, with two tweets on the same day.

The next day, this post started going viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, asking you to spot the difference between the two Patrick Mahoney tweets.

Note : The original post lacks the two MISLEADING warnings, which we added to avoid further abuse.

Patrick Mahoney Spot The Difference Misleading

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : True But Misleading

Here is our short TLDR summary for those who just want to know the facts :

  • he posted those two tweets, and yes, they are partly hypocritical
  • however, the Spot The Difference post misused one photo and is intentionally misleading,
  • Patrick Mahoney did not actually sanction violence in the Hong Kong protest

Patrick Mahoney is just a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts – a nobody.

Unfortunately, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : The Facts

And for those who want to know more, here are the facts :

Fact #1 : Patrick Mahoney Posted Those Two Tweets

Reverend Patrick Mahoney sure posted those two tweets, on the same day – May 28, 2020.

Patrick Mahoney Spot The Difference Truth

Fact #2 : Patrick Mahoney Did Not Sanction Violence

As his actual tweet on the Hong Kong protest above shows – he did not actually sanction violence.

In fact, his actual tweet on the George Floyd protest in Minneapolis could be referring to violence by both the police and the protestors.

We would rate his posts as partly hypocritical, because he wasn’t against the George Floyd protests, just against the violence.

Fact #3 : The Protestor Picture Was From 2016

The Spot The Difference post creator intentionally replaced the picture Patrick Mahoney posted with this Getty photo that Lam Yik Fei took on the night of 9 February 2016.

As you can see, it’s radically different – showing violence – whereas the picture Mahoney posted showed Hong Kong police officers arresting non-violent protestors.

Riots In Hong Kong During Chinese New Year

Fact #4 : Injustice Started Both Protests

Discounting the violence, both Hong Kong and George Floyd protests started because of injustice. In both cases, the people are demanding change.

The people in Hong Kong have been protesting for years over the systematic erosion of their Basic Rights and freedoms.

The most recent May 2020 protest was triggered by the proposal of new national security laws that would allow Chinese security forces to operate within Hong Kong.

In the United States, it was the racism that black Americans have endured, triggered by the death of George Floyd after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes.

George Floyd protest

Fact #5 : Protests Are Allowed In The US And Hong Kong

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution specifically gives all American citizens have the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully :

Congress shall make no law … abiding … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Unlike China, Hong Kong citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest under Article 27 of the Basic Law, and Article 17 of the Bill of Rights.

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognised. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

In other words – people have the right to assemble and demonstrate in both the United States and Hong Kong. They just do not have the right to attack people, or destroy property.

Fact #6 : Patrick Mahoney Is Not The American Government / People

Patrick Mahoney is a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts. But in the grand scheme of things – he is nobody.

He is not a representative of the American people, or the American government. Yet, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

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