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Fake News: Pelosi Did NOT Insult Melania, Did NOT Call Her 'The Hired Help Wife'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 24 May 2019 15:30:30 Z)

Did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insult first lady Melania Trump by calling her "the hired help wife"? No, that's not true: The story was published by a liberal satire website that tries to educate gullible Trump supporters and Republicans about the need to actually click and read links before sharing or liking them in order to avoid being embarrassed by fans of the site later. All the events described in the article are not real. Despite this the story went viral, with thousands of engagements on Facebook.

The story originated from an article published on May 23, 2019 titled "Pelosi Insults Melania, Calls Her 'The Hired Help Wife'" (archived here) which opened:

Fresh off her insult of Kelly-Ann Conway, referring to her with contempt as "the staff", Nancy Pelosi has now begun her next phase of insults. She has moved onto the First Family.

This morning, Pelosi was confronted by the First Lady outside the Oval Office. Melania angrily demanded to know why she'd been so rude to the White House communications director. Eavesdroppers reported hearing Mrs. Trump scream repeatedly,"BE BEST BE BEST BE BEST BE BEST," as if she were a malfunctioning robot.

Pelosi is reported to have laughed directly into her face and shrieked, "LISTEN LADY! I DON'T HAVE TIME TO WASTE TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT'S HIRED HELP WIFE!"

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Pelosi Insults Melania, Calls Her 'The Hired Help Wife'

Fresh off her insult of Kelly-Ann Conway, referring to her with contempt as "the staff", Nancy Pelosi has now begun her next phase of insults. She has moved onto the First Family. This morning, Pel...

Again, this did not happen. It is properly labeled satire recognized as such by Lead Stories' satire policy (click here to read.) There are other sites, however, that copy and paste the original story without the satire labeling. Judging from shares and comments, many people are believing it is true:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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