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Politics Fact check: Kamala Harris quote about 'vengeance' is fake, created by satire website

19:41  12 august  2020
19:41  12 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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PolitiFact is a fact - checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter. A quote from Sen. Kamala Harris attacking supporters of President Donald Trump has been widely shared on social media. You will feel the vengeance of a nation. Harris is not shy about her disdain for the Trump administration. But the popular Facebook quote is fake .

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One post claims Harris, in a June 18 speech, said this about Trump: "And once he’s gone and we have regained our rightful place in the White House, look out if you supported him and endorsed his actions, because we’ll be coming for you next. You will feel the vengeance of a nation. No stone will be left unturned as we seek you out in every corner of this great nation. For it is you who have betrayed us."

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The alleged quote was posted by some Facebook users under a headline, "Who the hell does she think she is?" A similar post does not include the headline. In both, the purported quote ends with, "Yes, she really said this."

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The quote is satirical

The original source of the quote dates from Aug. 7, 2019, on a satirical website called bustatroll.org, which bills itself as " a subsidiary of the 'America’s Last Line of Defense' network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News." It views as its mission, to fool "conservative fans of America's Last Line of Defense."

"Everything on this website is fiction," bustatroll says, in what it suggests is an effort to meet Facebook guidelines. "It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical."

The satirical version of the purported Harris speech lists as the author "Writer Fired" under the category "Hot Potato, Satire and/or Conservative Fan Fiction." There, the vengeance quote follows with comments regarding "the path of the righteous man." Although the writer doesn't say so, that is a quote from Ezekiel 25:17, which is also recited by actor Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from the film "Pulp Fiction" before he opens fire on a man strapped to a chair.

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In the bustatroll.org fake Harris speech, the senator is quoted as saying the biblical phrase is "from some crappy, old book. That’s about Trump and his enablers. I use things like that when I run out of things to say.”

The WarriorCode Nation Facebook page that carries the "vengeance" quote does not indicate that it is fake in the photo of the excerpt. Under its Facebook logo on the same page, however, WarriorCode Nation notes: "This quote was originally taken from a site called bustatroll (claiming to be satire). But we would LOVE to see the video of what she actually said."

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Our ruling: False

Claims that Sen. Kamala Harris vows vengeance against Trump supportersareFALSE, based on our research. The quote is bogus and was created by a satirical website and labeled as such.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Busatroll.org satirical website
  • PolitiFact, "No, Kamala Harris didn’t vow vengeance against Trump backers," June 29, 2020
  • Reuters, "Fact check: Kamala Harris quote on “vengeance of a nation” fabricated by satire website," June 25, 2020

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Kamala Harris quote about 'vengeance' is fake, created by satire website

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