By Erica Abbott
Reports that President Donald Trump is launching a new political party for the 2020 presidential election are false. Rumors that Trump would be running for re-election under the new “American Party” stemmed from a well-known purveyor of fake news and satire.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for publishing fake news and political satire. The article claimed that Trump would be running for president under the new “American Party” in 2020, winning “in a landslide.” It purported:
According to a high-level Trump staffer with documents authenticated by Rick Harrison, Team Donald Trump will be running for President of the United States under the banner of the “American Party.” The cover of the proposal, sent to all members of the Tea Party and Freedom Caucus, declares it a “plan to rid our country of the divisiveness of partisan politics.”
Trump will be the first nominee of the party and is expected to win the general election in a landslide. Once executive power is established, members of the truly patriotic right will jump ship, giving the new party a 4 seat majority over the Democrats and Republicans.
The report is, of course, entirely fabricated. Another report from As American as Apple Pie falsely claimed that more than 600,000 people had signed up for the new political party in less than five minutes. Both the Last Line of Defense and As American as Apple Pie state in their disclaimers that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously:
America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
The American Party, better known as the Know Nothing movement, was a real political party in the 1850s that was anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant. The party was reportedly declined by the presidential election of 1860 and gradually dissolved. Therefore, a current-day president would not be running under that particular party.
Trump is already building a 2020 re-election campaign, Politico reports, and has rallies planned throughout the United States through the fall. On Tuesday, Trump spoke at a rally in Arizona and defended his Charlottesville statement, said he was considering issuing a pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and threatened to shut down the government to get funding for his proposed border wall.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Donald Trump Launching New Political Party
BREAKING: Trump Staffer Leaks Plans For A NEW Political Party For 2020 Election https://t.co/tIbp14ZZwR
— noel vincent (@noelvincent1) August 22, 2017
BREAKING: 600K Patriots Sign Up for Trump’s New Political Party In Under Five Go to the full article.
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