As Twitter users may have us believe, Donald Trump is definitely not dead.
Earlier this week, rumors that the former president had passed away quickly spread on social media platforms. The hashtag #TrumpIsDead became one of his biggest trends on the site after false claims were made on Tuesday.
fake screenshot CNN The news story was shared online with the defaced headline “Donald Trump dies at 76.”
This is the latest Trump death hoax, following false claims that he died of a “severe heart attack” in 2016.
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Recent rumors come that Trump is ‘dying’ after comedian Tim Heidecker reported that he was spreading a false conspiracy theory over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi. It is possible that it began after suggesting that
Heidecker tweeted: “Trump, it’s sad to hear that he’s dying here. In fact, he could have a very serious illness and I think it could. We don’t know, but it’s not good..”
“There could be one of two things going on,” Heidecker posted after user @drivebee replied, “I heard from a friend that he passed away.”
Heidecker added, “Trump is dead and they’re covering it up, or he’s dying badly now. Which do you believe?”
“Many people are using #TrumpIsDead to spread the word,” Heidecker later tweeted. “Many people are saddened by the news.”
“Here’s what we know: 1. Trump is dead (died horribly) 2. @elonmusk hid this news (or is he?) 3. Donald Trump Jr. is now just Donald Trump,” he added in another tweet. “Please like and share.”
Then people started adding hoaxes, and filmmaker Jeremy Neuberger jokingly wrote:
“I wish Twitter had some kind of policy about spreading misinformation, but Elon himself did it the other day, so I think it’s all fair game.
That’s after newly crowned Twitter owner Musk shared an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about Friday’s horrific attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
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