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Fake News: AG William Barr Did NOT Tweet Odds Of Mass Shootings In Hometowns Of 2 Democrat Presidential Candidates Are 250 Billion To 1

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Mon, 05 Aug 2019 02:50:58 Z)

Did Attorney General William Barr tweet that the odds of two mass shootings in the same weekend and both in the hometowns of two Democratic presidential candidates are 250 Billion to 1? No, that's not true: It is a made up tweet that did not appear on Barr's real Twitter account. In fact, it didn't even appear on the timeline of the parody account that sometimes tweets fake Barr messages.

The fake tweet originated in a Facebook a post (archived here) published on August 4, 2019 under the title "He knows." It read:

The odds of getting a Flush in Poker are 500 to 1
The odds of getting a Royal Flush are 650,000 to 1
The odds of there being 2 mass shootings in the same weekend & both cities the shootings occur in are hometown to 2 of the Democrat Presidential Candidates are 250 Billion to 1

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214714257677226&set=a.1113094034708&type=3&theater

This is what social media users saw:

The tweet was playing on conspiracy theories that the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, shootings were "false flag" operations to change the political discussion during the presidential election. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke is from El Paso, but the closest candidate hometown to Dayton is 240 milways awar Niles, Ohio, where Tim Ryan lives.

While it should be obvious to a reasonable person that the tweet is fake, comments under the Facebook post suggest many people took it seriously. One reader shared a meme promoting the false flag theory:

Another reader wrote:

That means the gun-grabbers set these up.

No, it does not. The tweet is fake.

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About the author:

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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