By Erica Abbott
Reports that President Donald Trump’s son Barron was hospitalized for pneumonia while vacationing in New Jersey are false. Rumors of the first son’s purported illness stemmed from the real-life hospitalization of an English broadcaster.
According to PolitiFact, the fake claim originated on AmericanToday.us, a disreputable news website. The article claimed that Trump was rushed to the hospital and later diagnosed with pneumonia while he was on vacation with his family. It purported:
Horrible news are coming from the President’s house while President Trump on Friday began a 17-day stint at his prized golf club in Bedminster, NJ.
Barron Trump has been rushed to hospital with severe pneumonia while on holiday in Bedminster, NJ.Barron is currently receiving treatment in hospital, reports Fox News.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. Fox News did not report that Trump was receiving treatment at a hospital. Additionally, while AmericanToday.us offers no disclaimer, the details of the story were copied from a real news article about the hospitalization of English broadcaster and “The Grand Tour” host Jeremy Clarkson, who was admitted to a hospital in Spain for pneumonia on Aug. 6. Trump’s supposed social media posts about his illness were taken directly from Clarkson’s Twitter and Instagram.
“Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday,” the 57-year-old captioned an Instagram photo. He also replied to a tweet from his friend, writing, “I could send you one [photo] but it’s of me in a wheelchair, connected up to tubes, in a hospital. Better?” The photo used in the fake report was taken from an Instagram post shared more than two years ago.
A post shared by Jeremy Clarkson (@jeremyclarkson1) on Aug 5, 2017 at 6:20am PDT
The First Family is currently staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ for a 17-day “working vacation” while the White House undergoes renovation. Trump’s youngest son is set to begin classes at the private St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in less than one month.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Barron Trump Being Hospitalized for Pneumonia
— Jacqueline Gan (@j082298) August 7, 2017
BREAKING: Barron Trump Rushed To The Hospital, Hospital Releases Statement On His Conditionhttps://t.co/qil5wcFm9T
— Susan Ives (@jibler72) August 7, 2017
Have you seen the fake story about Barron Trump being hospitalized for pneumonia circulating social media? Do you think that presidential children should be off-limits when it comes to fake reports? Sound off in the comments section below!
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Wikimedia Commons
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