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No, These Alt-Right Trolls Didn't Pay For Trump Skywriting Above The Women's March

Yes, it cost $4,000 though.

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The "TRUMP" lettering was of course reported everywhere and started circulating on pro-Trump Twitter as a repudiation of the marches.

Skywriter scrawls ‘#Trump’ across Sydney sky during #WomensMarch https://t.co/8mtWljHs9g

Australia's alt-right online trolls, who like to be called "Dingo Twitter", took credit for the sky scrawl, claiming it was funded by betting winnings.

CONFIRMED: Trump skywriting at #womensmarchsydney Martin Place organised by #DingoTwitter cadres, funded by Sportsbet election winnings.

BuzzFeed News was put in touch with the guy who claimed credit for the skywriting, who sent over a invoice apparently from "Skywriting Australia" for the order.

However a quick phone call to Skywriting Australia confirmed two things: 1) Yes, the skywriting was billed out at $4,000 from the company, and 2) the invoice was a forgery.

There you have it, someone out there spent a whopping four grand on five capital letters written in the sky on the weekend...but it wasn't the feral online trolls trying to trick journalists with a fake invoice.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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