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Fake News: Uma Thurman Did NOT Say Trump Is The Best President in U.S. history And We Must Respect Him

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:54:43 Z)

Did actress Uma Thurman say "Trump is the best president in U.S. history and we must respect him"? No, that's not true: it is just one of many fake celebrity quotes being pushed out by various foreign sites looking to cash in on gullible Trump supporters by bombarding them with advertising once they click through to their website. Thurman never uttered the quote as far as we could determine.

The quote recently reappeared in an article published by a website named Viralitythings on July 4, 2018 titled "Uma Thurman Says Trump Is The Best President in U.S. history and We Must Respect Him. Do You Support This?" (archived here) which opened:

President Trump has headlined four big rallies in the first months of his presidency to tout his agenda and savage his foes. A new $1.5 million television ad campaign promotes his accomplishments and attacks the media.

The flurry of activity to build support for Trump's policies isn't organized by the White House but springs from his re-election campaign, which filed paperwork allowing him to begin raising and spending money on Jan. 20, the same day he took the oath of office. By contrast, both President Obama and President George W. Bush had been in office for more than two years before they filed for re-election.e

Screenshot of http://viralitythings.us/2018/07/04/uma-thurman-says-trump-is-the-best-president-in-u-s-history-and-we-must-respect-him-do-you-support-this/

The rest of the story doesn't even mention Thurman and is basically a copy paste job of a May 7, 2017 USA Today article:

President Trump seizes on election rules to push his agenda in new ways

CLOSE WASHINGTON - President Trump has headlined four big rallies in the first months of his presidency to tout his agenda and savage his foes. A new $1.5 million television ad campaign promotes his accomplishments and attacks the media.

The article did come with an embedded video but it is just a robot voice reading out the article mixed in with some random images of a news presenter reading an article.

The description of the video names a site at "thenewsexpress24.com" as the source but it is no longer active.

The website viralitythings.us was only registered in April by someone from Albania or Kosovo:

Domain Information
Domain: viralitythings.us
Registrar: NameCheap, Inc.
Registration Date: 2018-04-09
Expiration Date: 2019-04-09
Updated Date: 2018-04-14

Registrant Contact
Name: Meriton Pacolli
Street: Prishtin
City: Prishtin
State Kosovo
Postal Code: 10510
Country: AL

Not exactly your most reliable source of news when it comes to Hollywood or politics...

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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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