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Conspirador Norteño
In the wake of the attacks on Andy Ngo at yesterday's counterdemonstration against the Proud Boys in Portland, the claim that the thrown milkshakes contained quick-drying cement has circulated widely on right-wing Twitter. cc:
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
Replying to @PortlandPolice
As far as we can tell, the sole basis for the "cement milkshakes" story is this tweet from , which indicates they received one or more reports but doesn't confirm that any such thing actually took place.
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
Replying to @conspirator0
We downloaded tweets containing "milkshake" or "milkshakes" and "cement", "concrete", or "chemical". The traffic takes off very suddenly and appears largely non-automated.
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
Replying to @PortlandPolice
First 20 accounts to tweet about cement/chemical-tainted milkshakes being thrown at the protest. The first tweet is speculative and doesn't specifically mention cement. The second is , followed quickly by a barrage of tweets reframing the report as proven fact.
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
From there, the (still uncorroborated) claim that milkshakes laden with cement were definitely being thrown spiraled outward through prominent right-wing Twitter accounts (, , , and even ).
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
Replying to @JackPosobiec
Misleading pics feature in the "cement milkshake" narrative. @javier_pan01's image of a supposedly milkshake-induced chemical burn is a stock photo, and 's speculation that a specific picture shows folks mixing cement milkshakes has been debunked by the photographer.
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Conspirador Norteño 16 Jul 19
Replying to @bot_pan1
Footnote: the account responsible for the bogus chemical burn pic has been suspended by Twitter. (It changed its name to first, but that doesn't seem to have saved it from the banhammer.)
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Conspirador Norteño 1 Jul 19
That's covered in the thread. They tweeted about a report they received, which is not the same thing as confirming it as fact (which they haven't done.)
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Conspirador Norteño 30 Jun 19
That's included in the thread. Note that the police have at this point issued no determination as to whether the reports are accurate. Despite this, the cement/chemical milkshake claim is being presented as fact.
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