Politics Fact check: A birthday tweet from Hillary Clinton was edited to be about Amy Coney Barrett
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The claim: A birthday tweet from Hillary Clinton was edited to be about Amy Coney Barrett
Aon Instagram from — a humor-based news, opinion and entertainment site from the creators of The Babylon Bee — depicts an edited tweet from Hillary Clinton.
"Happy birthday to this future president," the tweet appears to read, with a black-and-white photo of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
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In the post, the word "birthday" has been crossed out and replaced with the word "confirmation." The word "president" has been crossed out and replaced with the word "justice."
In its new form, it reads, "Happy confirmation to this future justice."
The post went up on Oct. 26, the day the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett to the high court, per.
Not the Bee has not responded to a request from USA TODAY for comment.
Post is a riff on a real tweet from Clinton in 2016, which since has become a meme
The post is based on a real tweet from Clinton in 2016.
On Oct. 26, 2016, shea photo of herself as a child on Twitter along with the caption "Happy birthday to this future president."
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Two weeks later, on Nov. 8, 2016, she lost the election to President Donald Trump.
In its post, Not the Bee simply subbed out the black-and-white photo of Clinton with a photo of Barrett and added its strikethroughs and substitute text.
The photo is a real portrait Barrett — then known as Amy V. Coney — that hangs in a student hall of fame display in Southwestern Hall at Rhodes College, per thein Memphis, Tennessee.
Not the Bee is not the first to poke fun at Clinton for her premature tweet.
In 2017, the— an outlet that reports on internet culture — marked the tweet's first anniversary with a compilation of jokes about it.
"It's a tweet that will surely haunt us every year on Oct. 26," the story predicted.
So far, it's been right.
rounded up over a dozen jokes about the tweet this week.
Others also pointed out that the tweet (and birthday) coincided with the vote that confirmed Barrett to the Supreme Court — solidifying a conservative majority on the court.
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Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got in on the fun.
"It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday," he said, per. "I'm sure she was so grateful. So grateful."
Our rating: Satire
Based on our research, the post from Not the Bee is SATIRE. In 2016, Hillary Clinton tweeted a photo of herself as a child on her birthday with the caption, "Happy birthday to this future president." After she lost the election, it became a meme. This year, her birthday coincided with the confirmation vote for Justice Amy Coney Barrett — fueling further jokes and parodies, like the one created by Not the Bee.
Our fact-check sources:
- USA TODAY, Oct. 26,
- Hillary Clinton, Oct. 26, 2016,
- Commercial Appeal, Oct. 7,
- DailyDot, Oct. 26, 2017,
- Fox News, Oct. 26,
- Newsweek, Oct. 30,
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