Afghan news agency Aśvaka, who had their own recording of the incident in question, told fact-checkers at Alt News that the dangling man was trying to fix a flag at the governor’s building in Kandahar.
Twitter added a warning to the original video stating that the media is presented out of context, but did not remove it.
Afghan pilot flying this is someone I have known over the years. He was trained in the US and UAE, he confirmed to… https://t.co/99XWp70Voi
In the now-deleted quote tweet from Cruz, he commented: “This horrifying image encapsulates Joe Biden’s Afghanistan catastrophe: The Taliban hanging a man from an American Blackhawk helicopter. Tragic. Unimaginable."
In a follow-up tweet, Cruz admitted that the video he shared “may be inaccurate” - while again sharing the fake video.
Crenshaw tweeted: “In what f***ing world was it a good idea to just hand over a country to these people.”
Conservative commentator Liz Wheeler also shared the video, adding: “If this is what it looks like… the Taliban hanging somebody from an American Blackhawk… I could vomit. Joe Biden is responsible.”
In reshares of the video, some went so far as to guess who it was that was supposedly being executed.
In a now-deleted tweet, Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary said: "Taliban hang a person, presumed to be an American interpreter, from a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter."
Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has over five million followers on Twitter, also shared an article about the fake video, saying it “appears to show” the Taliban hanging a man.
1. the person was wearing a harness and waving (even ted cruz deleted his tweet)
2. so why did hannity air this? ha… https://t.co/HbXGiYqUWq
In the transcript of Hannity’s show, it’s said he remarked: “We had a video today of one of our Black Hawk helicopters with somebody hanging from it as it moves through the sky. You know, they’re probably -- they’re probably have a gun to an Afghan army soldier’s head, a pilot, to pilot that thing and that’s how they’re doing this.” [sic]
Donald Trump Jr. has changed his Twitter banner to a Biden-mocking image featuring a man appearing to be hanged fro… https://t.co/IY7T8Eh8Rc
Donald Trump Jr has also changed his banner on Twitter to a meme mocking Biden that uses the president’s campaign logo but has replaced the final line of the ‘E’ with a silhouette of the helicopter and the man hanging below.