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Donald Trump DID NOT Reveal Candidacy To Be April Fools Joke

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:58:35 Z)

You might have heard a rumor or watched a video in which presidential candidate Donald Trump announces that the joke has gone on long enough and he is not really running for president, it was all an April Fools prank.

That video is actually a prank from the Jimmy Kimmel Live show: it uses selectively edited Trump quotes and a voice actor to make it appear Trump is just having a laugh and can't believe America fell for it. "I can't believe you bought these crappy hats", the fake Trump is quoted as saying, just after encouraging everyone to vote for "my friend Hillary Clinton".

In reality Donald Trump is actually still running for president, and that's no joke...

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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