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Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Scare Toddlers During Classroom Visit

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:14:13 Z)

Did President Trump scare one or more small kids into screaming and crying with fear as he visited their classroom? A viral video we spotted on Twitter seems to show just that but it is fake. The truth is that the video is a montage of two different videos. The events in the clip are not real but the montage is really good.

We spotted the video in a tweet published on April 3, 2018 by Twitter user @bbbyjocey (archived here) captioned:

"IMA GO TO HELL FOR LAUGHING https://t.co/D3KoYBeDrT"

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/bbbyjocey/status/980942568832737280

However the video is a combination of a video actually showing Trump visiting a Nevada classroom during the 2016 election campaign (zoomed in):

and a video showing some toddlers being scared of the Easter Bunny:

(we archived the video from that tweet here in case it goes down)

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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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