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Fake News: More Protective MAGA Helmets NOT Available For Trump Supporters To Go Out In Public

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:41:25 Z)

Is President Donald Trump's official website now selling MAGA helmets to his supporters so they can protect themselves from being assaulted when going out in public? No, that's not true: the product is an invention of a satirical website with a Christian/conservative theme. It is not real.

The helmets appeared in an article published by The Babylon Bee on July 11, 2018 titled "More Protective MAGA Helmets Now Available For Trump Supporters Brave Enough To Go Out In Public" (archived here) which opened:

U.S.--While President Trump's official website has long sold Make America Great Again hats, a recent uptick in calls for public pushback against Trump supporters has led to the website replacing the hats with MAGA helmets for anyone brave enough to go out in public wearing them.

"Want to go to the store in your MAGA hat, but afraid of being assaulted, having water thrown on you, or getting smacked with a baseball bat?" Trump says in a promo video on the website. "The MAGA helmet is for you. I've gotta say, I've seen lots of tactical helmets in my day. This one's the best. Tremendous stuff."

Screenshot of https://babylonbee.com/news/more-protective-maga-helmets-now-available-for-trump-supporters-brave-enough-to-go-out-in-public/

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More Protective MAGA Helmets Now Available For Trump Supporters Brave Enough To Go Out In Public

U.S.--While President Trump's official website has long sold Make America Great Again hats, a recent uptick in calls for public pushback against Trump supporters has led to the website replacing the hats with MAGA helmets for anyone brave enough to go out in public wearing them. "Want to go to the store in your MAGA ...

Just to make sure we checked the "hats" section of the webshop on President Trump's website and we found no trace of helmets being offered:

Hats

Just in time for the holidays, the official Donald J. Trump Store has released a variety of brand new merchandise perfect for you and your MAGA-loving friends!

That, and "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

Some of their greatest past hits include:

With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real news.

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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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