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Politics Fact check: Fake Trump quote about ending up in prison if Biden wins had its origin in satire

02:31  20 august  2020
02:31  20 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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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. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature

The claim: Trump said he would go to prison if Biden were elected president

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A claim that President Donald Trump stated he would go to prison if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election appears to be a satirical take on current events.

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If Carter would have investigated Nixon and investigated Ford for what was likely an illegal pardon, then Reagan and H.W Kissinger is just the first one that should have been sentenced to life in prison . All that has lead to Trump being above the law and we expect Joe Biden to somehow fix things.

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Facebook user Warren Lynch posted to the claim to his account on Aug. 12. USA TODAY reached out to him for comment.

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"'If you elect Joe Biden, I will go to prison.'-Donald Trump, today," the post reads.

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Where did the statement originate?

Trump did not make this statement on or before Aug. 12. The claim was copied from an Aug. 2 Twitter post by user Baligubadle.

"Donald Trump today: “If you elect Joe Biden I will go to prison,” Baligubadle wrote. The author, whose Twitter bio reads, "tRump is not running for re-election--tRump is running to avoid prison," later admitted in the tweet thread that the post was "Satire."

The president delivered remarks from the State Dining Room on Aug. 12 about safely reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the White House's website. Politico also reported on a Coronavirus Taskforce briefing held that day; a transcript of the briefing was posted to the blog Rev. There was no reference to Trump going to prison if Biden wins the presidential election during either event.

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The White House released no official remarks on Aug. 2.

References to the claim did not appear in any of Trump's tweets on Aug. 2 or Aug. 12, according to the Trump Twitter Archive.

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Our rating: False

We rate this claim FALSE, because it is not supported by our research. . The author of the claim admitted it was satirical. There are no references in official records to President Donald Trump having saying he will go to prison if Democratic rival Joe Biden wins the presidential election.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Baligubadle Aug. 2 tweet
  • The White House, Aug. 12, "Remarks by President Trump at Kids First: Getting America’s Children Safely Back to School"
  • Politico, Aug. 12, "What to know about the Coronavirus Task Force briefing: 8/12/20"
  • Rev.com, Aug. 12, "Donald Trump Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference Transcript August 12"
  • Trump Twitter Archive
  • Check Your Fact, Aug. 18, "Fact Check: Did Donald Trump Say, ‘If You Elect Joe Biden, I Will Go To Prison’?"

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Fake Trump quote about ending up in prison if Biden wins had its origin in satire

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