FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Chris Evans Wearing A ‘Keep America Trumpless’ Shirt?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows “Avengers” star Chris Evans wearing a “Keep America Trumpless” t-shirt.


Verdict: False

The phrase “Keep America Trumpless” was superimposed onto the shirt. In the original picture, Evans’ shirt did not contain a political message.

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Evans, widely known for playing Captain America in Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise, is an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump. Last week, he took to Twitter to criticize Trump for commentating a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In recent days, some social media users have been widely sharing a photo allegedly showing Evans sporting a “Keep America Trumpless” shirt. One such Facebook post’s caption reads, “Not only is he walking around with America’s ass, Chris Evans really is Captain America. All you gotta do is read the shirt.”

While shirts with the anti-Trump message can be found online, the picture of Evans wearing it is digitally altered. Check Your Fact found the original, undoctored photo posted in September 2019 on two respective fan accounts, one on Instagram and one on Twitter. In the original, Evans appears to be wearing a shirt bearing the phrase “State of Oregon 1859” while posing for a picture with a fan.

This isn’t the first time social media users have shared a photo where Evans’ attire has been photoshopped. In 2019, Check Your Fact debunked a viral image in which the actor’s shirt had been digitally manipulated to include a statement critical of Republican voters.

Evans in 2020 helped launch the video-based civic engagement app and website “A Starting Point,” according to the Associated Press. (RELATED: Did ‘Avengers’ Star Chris Evans Wear A T-Shirt Calling Republican Voters ‘Hate-Filled’?)

“This was born out of the same reason I do what I do on Twitter. You want to try and help. You want to try and use the platform that you’ve been given the right way,” Evans told the Associated Press in 2020. “And this felt like it could cast the widest net because it actually removed my personal politics and just tried to offer information to people who may want to participate.”

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Tennis-Medvedev resumes hunt for maiden major against ‘tricky’ Evans

FILE PHOTO: Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia chases down a ball during the third round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

September 4, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Second seed Daniil Medvedev resumes his bid for his first Grand Slam title against Britain’s Dan Evans at the U.S. Open on Sunday, while Aryna Sabalenka faces her good friend and doubles partner Elise Mertens in the fourth round.

Russia’s Medvedev, a losing finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, is yet to drop a set in New York so far and faces world number 27 Evans in the second match of the day on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first career meeting between the two.

“I think it’s tough to describe (Evans) with one word, but (he’s) definitely very tricky,” Medvedev said. “I would think (he’s) very smart because he doesn’t have one shot that’s a weapon and yet he’s been a top player for many years already.”

Medvedev has barely broken a sweat in the opening rounds, racing into the last 16 with three consecutive straight sets wins, while Evans has had to battle hard, playing two four-setters and a gruelling five-setter against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in his last match.

“I think my game is in a good place,” Evans said, adding that he was trying to keep a positive mindset.

“(Medvedev’s) been playing some unbelievable tennis this year, but if I go on the court and think I’ve got no chance and there’s no pressure on me… you’re not ready for that.

“You’ve got to go in believing you can win.”

Sabalenka, the women’s second seed, is aiming to reach her first singles quarter-final in New York, but must first get past her good friend Mertens at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The Belarusian won the 2019 doubles title at Flushing Meadows with Mertens and the pair also won the doubles crown at this year’s Australian Open before Sabalenka decided to focus more on her singles career.

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova takes on twice Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in the evening session on Arthur Ashe, while Germany’s Angelique Kerber faces Naomi Osaka’s third-round conqueror Leylah Fernandez on Louis Armstrong.

Romania’s Simona Halep kicks things off on Arthur Ashe, taking on fifth seed Elina Svitolina, while Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz will look to extend his dream debut at Flushing Meadows into the quarter-finals when he faces qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.

(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Mark Scheifele Destroys Jake Evans With A Monster Hit

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele destroyed Jake Evans of the Montreal Canadiens during a 5-3 loss Wednesday night.

Late in the third period of the game, Evans rounded out from behind Winnipeg’s empty net, and Scheifele sent him airborne with an absolutely insane hit. Evans had to be taken off on a stretcher. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

You can watch the play below.

The NHL’s department for player safety tweeted Thursday morning that Scheifele will now have to have a hearing for the hit, which the league views as charging.

That means a possible punishment is on the table.

Was the hit charging? I’m guessing that by the letter of the law, it was probably more likely than not that it was charging.

However, Scheifele also appeared to not leave his feet. That’s a positive for him during the hearing. He can argue he didn’t intend anything malicious or extra hard.

Still, it’s one of the most brutal hits I’ve seen in a very long time in the NHL, and the fact Evans left on a stretcher is proof of that fact.

Hopefully, he’s able to bounce back better than ever.

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Where Is the Charles Evans Hughes of 2021?

What both political parties need now is a Charles Evans Hughes.

It is not a familiar name today, as it once was, but it should be.

As Republicans fret over how to unify themselves despite Post-Trump Stress Disorder and as Democrats worry that Thinking Big Biden will tax and spend them into an economic black hole, the party that locates the next Hughes will prosper. And so will the country.

Who’s Hughes, you say?  Not just an old white guy with a luxurious silver beard. Barely remembered today and without a decent biography, Hughes almost won the 1916 presidential election over Woodrow Wilson, and why he didn’t is telling.

With one more campaign trip to California and a mere 3,773 more votes there, he would have defeated Wilson even though he had had to reunite a Republican Party splintered four years earlier by Teddy Roosevelt’s third-party candidacy. But unlike Wilson, who ran on the slogan “He has kept us out of war,” Hughes was unwilling to mislead the public by implying he’d keep the country out of World War I.

What marked Hughes for greatness and a model for today’s political leaders was brains, self-control, and adherence to principle rather than political pandering. He would go on to serve as one of the two best chief justices of the Supreme Court and one of the three best secretaries of state, where he distinguished himself by securing the world’s first international disarmament agreement.

Hughes wasn’t glamorous or charismatic. Roosevelt ridiculed him as the “bearded iceberg.” But the public saw and admired his character, not his palaver. Indeed, a 1935 New Yorker article said of him: “Tourists throng to sessions of the Court. They gaze respectably at Chief Justice Hughes and carry home word that he is one of the best sights in Washington – comparable to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.”

Hughes’s entry into politics began when, as a successful Wall Street lawyer, he received a surprise call to head a 1905 investigation of the inflated rates set by gas and electricity trusts in New York. On the strength of that success, he was asked to investigate insurance companies, whose executives enriched themselves at the expense of policy holders and also used policy holders’ money to support politicians. Although powerful Republicans advised him not to go so far, he revealed large insurance company contributions to Roosevelt’s presidential campaign fund.

From that sensational pair of outcomes, Hughes went on to be a popular, two-term reform governor of New York. President Taft subsequently appointed him an associate justice of the Supreme Court. He resigned the position when the Republicans nominated him to run for the White House in 1916. 

Hughes returned to private law practice after his defeat but remained engaged in politics – on one dramatic occasion showing his true colors as a man of principle. When the New York State Assembly refused in 1920 to seat five duly elected assemblymen because they were socialists, the Republican Hughes took it on himself to write to the Assembly speaker, “This is not, in my judgment, American government.” Hughes chaired a state bar committee seeking a reversal. He failed, but as constitutional scholar Zechariah Chafee noted, the action “made the conservative press and sober citizens realize the absurdity of the Red Menace.”

 As chief justice, Hughes wrote the landmark 5-4 decision in Near v. Minnesota, the foundational First Amendment decision of American history. It ruled unconstitutional a state law allowing public officials to punish and censor any publication they saw as “malicious” or “scandalous.” 

It would have been hugely politically popular for Hughes to uphold the Minnesota law; the scurrilous rag under attack was as horrible as any online trash today. But Hughes wrote broadly that no prior restraint of news by the government could be permitted unless it revealed crucial military information during wartime, contained obscenity, or directly incited violence. 

Hughes could shrewdly combine principle with good political judgment. When FDR over-reached with his court-packing plan in 1936, Hughes skillfully drained away enthusiasm for the plan by having the court uphold the constitutionality of some New Deal laws in ways that also preserved constitutional principles.

Americans’ abiding love for the democratic principles that undergird our nation give leaders who harness themselves to those principles a special, powerful appeal. Presidents Truman and Reagan knew the public’s perception of them as men of principle was critical to their success.

The nation will be much better off if the next generation of successful politicians discovers that too. These leaders will win elections and help restore a sense of confidence in our democratic system. As Hughes said on the eve of becoming chief justice of the Supreme Court in 1930, “The question is no longer one of establishing democratic institutions but of preserving them.”

John Maxwell Hamilton, a journalism professor at Louisiana State University and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is author most recently of “Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda.”

Bruce Sanford is a leading First Amendment attorney and author of “Don’t Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us.”

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Evans eager to get vaccinated ahead of Wimbledon

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Britain’s Dan Evans in action during his first round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Kelly Defina

April 15, 2021

(Reuters) – Britain’s Dan Evans said he would be “heartbroken” to test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Wimbledon in June and is eager to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Evans’ comments come after world number two Daniil Medvedev tested positive on Monday and was subsequently withdrawn from this week’s Monte Carlo Masters.

Some of the top players at the Miami Open recently expressed a reluctance to get vaccinated but Evans, Britain’s top ranked male player at No. 33, was not among them.

“I’m very eager to get vaccinated, if I can,” he told reporters on Tuesday after beating Dusan Lajovic at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, his first Tour-level victory on clay in four years.

“It would be heartbreaking if I tested positive for Wimbledon.”

Evans said he had witnessed the celebrations back home to mark the reopening of England’s businesses after three months of lockdown but said he “won’t be socializing any time soon” to avoid getting infected.

Organisers of Wimbledon, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, have said players must stay at official hotels during the grasscourt Grand Slam as part of safety measures.

But Evans, who reached a career-high ranking of 26 in February, said he would not be against top players being given a “bit of leeway”.

“I would have no issues if some of the top guys were given a bit of leeway, past champions, where they can stay at a house,” said the 30-year-old. “I think they would be pretty responsible, not be out for dinner.

“It’s going to be a different Wimbledon … I don’t really know what to expect, but yet I’ll expect they’ll do a good job.”

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Who Killed Billy Evans? – Washington Free Beacon

While reporting on the funeral for slain Capitol police officer Billy Evans on Tuesday, the media skirted around the fact that his killer was an avid Nation of Islam supporter.

Social media posts revealed Noah Green, who killed Evans while ramming his car through a barrier at the Capitol earlier this month, supported the anti-Semitic black nationalist group and shared speeches from its leader, Louis Farrakhan, who has described Jews as “satanic.” After the deadly assault, the Nation of Islam said Green, who died during the attack, was a “brother with such great potential.”


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ATP roundup: Top seed Daniel Evans falls in Sardegna Open

FILE PHOTO: Mar 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Daniel Evans of Great Britain hits a backhand against Frances Tiafoe of the United States (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

April 9, 2021

Top-seeded Daniel Evans of England fell in three sets to Italian Lorenzo Musetti on the clay courts of the Sardegna Open on Thursday in Cagliari, Italy.

Musetti won 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (8).

Australian and No. 6 seed John Millman was also upset, losing 6-3, 6-3 to Laslo Djere of Serbia.

Third-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy defeated Gilles Simon of France in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Also, Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann defeated Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 6-1.

Andalucia Open

Third-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Italy’s Gianluca Mager in Marbella, Spain.

In other action, Carlos Alcaraz needed three sets to upset fellow Spanish countryman Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Spaniard Jaume Munar defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the No. 2 seed, 6-2, 6-1, and Ilya Ivashka upset No. 5 seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain, 6-1, 6-3.

–Field Level Media

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Biden orders White House flags to half-staff to honor Capitol cop Billy Evans

President Biden said Friday that he and First Lady Jill Biden are “heartbroken” over the attack by a reported Nation of Islam follower who killed Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans and injured another cop.

Biden also said he’d ordered White House flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the slain cop, adding, “I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack.”

“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life,” Biden said in a prepared statement.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”

The American flag at the US Capitol flies at half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officer William Evans.
The American flag at the US Capitol flies at half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officer William Evans.

Biden also invoked the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, describing Evans’ slaying as “the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer.”

The president said he’s been receiving “ongoing briefings” from National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan “and will be getting further updates as the investigation proceeds.”

Evans died after he and another, unidentified cop were run down shortly after 1 p.m. by a driver identified as Noah Green, 25, whose since-deleted Facebook page described him as a follower of the Nation of Islam.

Evans was shot and killed when he hopped out of his car and ran toward cops with a knife, authorities said.

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Capitol Police Officer Killed by Follower of Nation of Islam Identified as William “Billy” Evans

Willian “Billy” Evans

The Capitol Police officer killed by Noah Green, a follower of Nation of Islam, was identified Friday afternoon as William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was with the department’s first responders unit.

The U.S. Capitol is under a lockdown after a car crashed into a security barrier near the building located on Constitution Avenue.

The driver, 25-year-old Noah Green, rammed the barrier on Senate side and exited the vehicle armed with a large blade.

The Capitol Police engaged Green and shot him dead.

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Unfortunately, Capitol Police officer Billy Evans passed away.

According to the Associated Press, Green stabbed one of the police officers.

Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the suspect stabbed one of the officers. The officials spoke to AP were not authorized to publicly discuss the pending investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“I just ask that the public continue to keep U.S. Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.”

Via a press release from Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman:

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant. Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years.  He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Officer killed in attack near US Capitol identified as William Evans

The US Capitol cop killed by a maniac who slammed into officers outside the building Friday was identified as 18-year veteran William Evans.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said.

Evans joined the department in 2003 and served as a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “I am heartbroken that Officer William F. Evans was killed in the line of duty defending the Capitol.”

“His name will go down in history for his selfless sacrifice,” McConnell added in a statement posted on Twitter.

“The Senate is praying hard for the second injured officer and for Officer Evans’s family and friends. We could not be more grateful for the professionalism and heroism of the officers who neutralized this threat at the checkpoint and for the entire USCP force, who have had to endure so much in just a few short months.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also commended Evans for his “heroic” actions Friday, calling him a “martyr for our democracy.”

“Today, once again, these heroes risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our Country, with the same extraordinary selflessness and spirit of service seen on January 6,” Pelosi said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire House, we are profoundly grateful.

William Evans
William Evans joined the department in 2003 and served as a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.

“May we always remember the heroism of those who have given their lives to defend our Democracy. May it be a comfort to the family of Officer Evans that so many mourn with them and pray for them at this sad time.”

Noah Green, 25, a Nation of Islam devotee who is also dead, plowed into Evans and another unnamed cop just after 1 p.m. Friday.

The other officer is recovering at a nearby hospital.

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