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Fake News: Trayvon Martin's Parents NOT (Currently) Seeking Political Office Helped By Hillary Clinton

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:13:51 Z)

Several fake news websites are running the same story, titled: "HOLY CRAP! Hillary Clinton is Helping Trayvon Martin's Thug Parents Seek This Political Office!!! NO!!!" (capitalization and exclamation marks included).

Most versions of the article open like this:

Only under Barack Obama's administration would rabid thugs and their families feel empowered to tell people what to and be given and official political platform to enforce it. Now that Obama is out and a real leader is in, the effects of this entitlement are still coming up today thanks to some backhanded "help" from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The families of thugs shot by cops as a result of their own actions were made heroes under Obama and poster people for anti-cop rhetoric. These hoodrat families loved the soaking up all of the attention they were given for not raising their kids to be respectful and putting menaces out into society who asked for what they got. Even Hillary Clinton used these mothers as pawns for her political agenda to become president. When that didn't work, these parents still weren't ready to relinquish the limelight and have now taken it to a potentially destructive new level.

And include at least this quote:

We certainly want to look at the positions that are available locally, and then we want to look at the positions for the state of Florida and then U.S. positions," Fulton said on ABC's Good Morning America. "We want to take a look at those positions to see what areas we would best benefit from and communities would benefit by having us there."

However the article doesn't mention the support Hillary Clinton is supposedly giving nor the actual office Tracy Martin or Sybrina Fulton are running for. Also, the actual quote in the ABC interview goes like this:

"Somebody asked a question about us running for office, and I said it was something that we were exploring, you know, in [the] long term," Fulton said on "GMA." "It's not something that we're filling out papers for, but we certainly want to look at the positions that are available locally and we want to look at the positions for the state of Florida and then U.S. positions."

She added, "We want to take a look at those positions to see what areas we would best fill and we would benefit from and they would benefit by having us there."

Going from: "We might run for an office someday, maybe" to "They are running for this office and Hillary is helping them!!!!!" is certainly a bit of a leap. The hoax will probably be debunked by other fact checking websites like Snopes soon, but in the mean time you can help too:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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