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Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Say He Will Make Desecration Of The Flag Illegal

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:43:51 Z)

Did President Trump say he will override the Supreme Court and make desecration of the flag (including the Confederate one) illegal? No, that's not true, despite what a recent meme claims. The meme was produced by a satirical liberal Facebook page that tries to trick conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing absurdly fake news so fans of the pages can then mock them for it. The story and the Trump quote are not real.

It originated from a meme that appeared on August 28, 2018 in a post on a Facebook page named "America Loves Donald Trump" (archived here) with following caption:

Yaaay Precedent........I got nuthin

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/Weluvdonaldtrump/posts/2111648815763846

The text on the meme read:

President Trump says he will override the Supreme Court and make desecration of the flag illegal!

His order will cover the Confederate flag as well!

Share if you support this incredible decision!

However the Facebook page that posted the meme comes with following disclaimer on its about page:

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

Constitutionally speaking the President is also not able to override Supreme Court decisions with a simple executive action, he would need the support of Congress so he can have legislation passed for that (and he possibly might need to get an amendment to the Constitution ratified first). So this news is definitely fake, this is not something the President can just decide to do.

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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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