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Fake News: Actor Morgan Freeman Did NOT Call President Trump "A Sack Of Shit" On Twitter After Jacksonville Shooting

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:52:17 Z)

Did actor Morgan Freeman call President Donald Trump "a bonafide sack of shit" on Twitter after not responding to yesterday's shooting in Jacksonville, Florida? No, that's not true. Trump indeed still hasn't made a public comment about the Jacksonville shooting but actor Morgan Freeman did not call him a "sack of shit" for his tardiness.

The confusion stems from a tweet posted by user @mjfree on August 27, 2018 who goes by the name "Morgan J. Freeman" (archived here) which read:

"Could you imagine @realDonaldTrump being SILENT on #Jacksonville murders if the shooter was non-white or an immigrant? Our President is a bonafide sack of shit."

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/mjfree/status/1033841012194586624

Here is the full tweet as long as it is still up:

However the bio of that Twitter account reads:

Filmmaker, TV producer, husband, activist & father. Fierce opposer of Trump. Big fan of snacks. Not the actor! 📽️ ✊🏽👪🍪📺

(our emphasis)

The actor Morgan Freeman goes without the middle initial "J." and also doesn't seem to be active on Twitter.

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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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