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Fake News: Clete Torris NOT Former Attorney General Of Hawaii, Did NOT Say Anything About Obama's Birth Certificate

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:03:17 Z)

Did former Attorney General Clete Torris of Hawaii say Barack Obama's birth certificate was registered to Barry Soetero of California? No, that's total nonsense made up by a liberal Facebook page set up to troll conservatives and Trump supporters into sharing over the top fake news so people will mock them. It is not true in the slightest.

The story originated from a meme posted on August 10, 2018 by a Facebook page titled "America's Last Line Of Defense" (archived here) which showed an image with following text superimposed:

Clete Torris, former Attorney General of Hawaii, admitted in court friday that Obama's birth certificate is registered to Barry Soetero of California. Should President Trump issue an executive order to nullify Obama's presidency?

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/thelastlineofdefense/posts/2143672052558890

Asside from the fact that "nullifying a presidency through an executive order" is not really a thing, "Clete Torris" is just an invented name that references a part of the female anatomy. There is no former Attorney General of Hawaii by that name. We were unable to determine who the man in the picture actually was.

The Facebook page itself has an "about" section that reads:

Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.

Use the force and the truth shall reveal itself. Just not here. Ever.

Good Old Fashioned Liberal Troll Provided Fantasy presented as comedy to the left and a social experiment to the right. Please don't hurt the Trumpanzees. they'll be gone in a few years back to the shadows from whence they came and we'll be back to trolling Tea Turds.

Not really a source you should be relying on for political (or any!) 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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