President Donald Trump, who has spent much of the past week tweeting criticism of “fake news” outlets for various stories he felt were unfair to him, started off the week by sharing a boatload fake news.
Trump on Monday morning recycled a two-year-old tweet from a copycat account for the conservative outlet The Reagan Battalion, which featured a photograph of Trump meeting President Ronald Reagan and a quote from Reagan praising Trump as a possible future president. (The false account’s Twitter handle was misspelled as “@reaganbattaiion.”)
“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president,” the photo quotes Reagan as saying, implying that he had foreshadowed Trump’s presidency.
“Cute!” Trump wrote, sharing the tweet.
There was just one problem: the quote was fake.
According to a report from Snopes back in August 2016, the photograph of the two men meeting is genuine and was taken on November 3, 1987 at a reception for members of the “Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies” Foundation. But the quote only materialized in July of 2016 via a Facebook group called “Trump Train,” which frequently shares fake stories and pro-Trump quotes.
The fake “Reagan Battalion” account that originally posted the photo was later suspended, though Trump did not delete his tweet.
After tweeting out the false quote Monday morning, Trump appeared to discover the active account for the real Reagan Battalion, retweeting several of its tweets showing coverage of his Fourth of July event on the Mall. “A massive crowd that Fake News & some Dems didn’t want to Report!” he added while reposting one tweet.
The internet was quick to respond:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019
That quote is 100% fake
— Rob (@thatguyrob1) July 8, 2019
You RTed a parody of a shitty account.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 8, 2019
Once again, the president humiliates himself pic.twitter.com/hoHiR65feC
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) July 8, 2019
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 8, 2019
Sir, you've been quite silent about the Jeffrey Epstein indictment. Many people believe that you violently raped Katie Johnson, a 13-year-old girl you met through Epstein at his mansion.
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) July 8, 2019
Cute ❗️ pic.twitter.com/Qajef30jOr
— Bet Not (@BetNot) July 8, 2019
Reagan never said this.https://t.co/hEerd8CGrt
— Avi Bueno (@Avi_Bueno) July 8, 2019
— (((Dan Hoffman))) (@DHoffman2012) July 8, 2019
Reagan would be ashamed of the man now occupying the office.
— Chris Beneke (@historyball) July 8, 2019
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) July 8, 2019
HE'S OUT OF BED AGAIN!
— Alan Pender (@AlanPender) July 8, 2019
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