Satirical tweet about visitors to Mar-a-Lago circulates online

Satirical tweet about visitors to Mar-a-Lago circulates online

The claim: An image shows a tweet by Donald Trump Jr. urging Trump supporters not to visit Mar-a-Lago

After supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside his Mar-a-Lago estate, a tweet circulated online purporting to show Donald Trump Jr.

“While my father loves almost all of his supporters, please do not come to Mar-a-Lago to support President Trump,” reads an Aug. alleged tweet by Donald Trump Jr.. “We have a lot of important people passing through the club and we need to keep it clean.”

The Facebook post adds: “Yes, many top spies and other violent criminals will drop a bit from now on,” the caption reads.

The post racked up over 2,000 interactions and 100 shares in three days. Similar posts have racked up hundreds of interactions on Facebook and twitter.

Comments showed that many users took the post seriously, such as one that read, “So he admits his supporters are NOT important or clean people!!”

But the alleged tweet is not real.

The tweet was created as satire, as noted by the text in the lower right corner of the alleged screenshot. USA TODAY found no evidence that the tweet in the post was from Donald Trump Jr.

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USA TODAY reached out to online users who shared the complaint for comment.

An aerial view of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 17, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.  XMIT ORG: 2600077 (via OlyDrop)

An aerial view of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 17, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. XMIT ORG: 2600077 (via OlyDrop)

Tweet came from satire account

The fake tweet originated from the account @FaithRubPol, whose profile reads: “Trying to understand this crazy world and have some laughs. Most of our images are satire.”

The bottom right corner of the tweet reads “Parody by Back Rub”, which clearly indicates that the fabricated image was made as a joke. The time stamp on the manufacture is another clue as it says “6:99 AM”.

The account clarified on august 15 for those who haven’t seen the parody’s label: “This is a parody, which we posted at 6:99 am as written at the bottom :),” the tweet reads.

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There is no credible news suggesting that Donald Trump Jr. told his father’s supporters not to visit Mar-a-Lago. The tweet is not mentioned in any of Donald Trump Jr’s verified. Social media accounts. Referencing a fact-check of the Associated Press claim, Trump Jr. tweeted 16 August saying the claim was “clearly something I would never say”.

Our review: Satire

Based on our research, we rated SATIRE an image that purports to show a tweet by Donald Trump Jr. urging Trump supporters to stay away from Mar-a-Lago. The claim stems from a Twitter account known for creating satirical content and has been clearly labeled as such.

Our fact-checking sources:

  • Associated Press, Aug. 15, fake tweet by Trump Jr. about keeping Mar-a-Lago ‘clean’ was parody

  • USA TODAY Aug 8, Trump supporters descend on Mar-a-Lago as news of FBI search

  • PolitiFact, August 15, No, Trump Jr. did not suggest that your father’s supporters are not clean

  • User @FaithRubPol, August 15th, tweet

  • User @FaithRubPol, accessed Aug 18, twitter profile

  • Donald Trump Jr., accessed Aug. 19, Facebook page

  • Donald Trump Jr., accessed Aug. twitter profile

  • Donald Trump Jr., accessed August 19, Instagram profile

  • Donald Trump Jr., August 16, tweet

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This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: Fact check: Fake Donald Trump Jr. tweet about Mar-a-Lago is satire

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