Hours after calling CNN “Fake News,” President Trump was busted sharing fake news of his own.
The president on Monday morning retweeted a two-year-old tweet from the Twitter account @reaganbattaiion, which featured a real 1987 photograph of Trump meeting President Ronald Reagan and a fake Reagan quote praising Trump as a possible future president.
“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president,” the photo falsely quotes Reagan as having said, implying that he had foreshadowed Trump’s presidency.
“Cute!” Trump wrote when he retweeted the fake quote.
Snopes had previously debunked the quote back in August 2016, noting that the fake quote materialized in July of 2016 via a Facebook group called “Trump Train,” which frequently shares fake stories and pro-Trump quotes.
PolitiFact rated the supposed Reagan claim “pants on fire.”
The “Reagan Battalion” account that originally posted the photo was later suspended by Twitter. Trump’s “cute” tweet was still visible as of Monday afternoon.
Hours before sharing the fake quote, Trump unleashed an unhinged tirade against his favorite cable news channel, accusing the conservative news network of “loading up with Democrats and even using Fake unsourced New York Times as a ‘source of information.’ ”
Trump began his Sunday meltdown by claiming that “watching Fox News’ weekend anchors is worse than watching low rating Fake News CNN, or Lyin, Brian Williams (remember when he totally fabricated a War Story trying to make himself into a hero, & got fired. A very dishonest journalist!) and the crew of degenerate Comcast (NBC/MSNBC) Trump haters, who do whatever Brian & Steve tell them to do.”
He continued: “Like CNN, NBC is also way down in the ratings. But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as a “source” of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!”