By Erica Abbott
Reports that President Donald Trump pardoned Kim Davis are false. Rumors that the controversial Kentucky clerk was pardoned stemmed from a self-described “whimsical satire” website.
According to PolitiFact, the fake claim originated on Our Land of the Free, a website known for publishing fake news and satire. The article claimed that following his pardon of controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump also pardoned Davis, who was jailed for five days in 2015 for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds. It purported:
Democrats about lost their minds when they heard that President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio this morning. Arpaio, convicted of a bogus charge for doing the job the people of Maricopa County elected him to do, was about to spend the next 12 to 18 months in a federal minimum security prison.
His second pardon of the day, while not as immediately necessary, held just as much meaning. By granting clemency to Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her record will be expunged and her good name reinstated. Davis has been seeing a probation officer monthly since the incident nearly two years ago now to prove she’s in compliance with the judge’s orders.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. While Davis did face several lawsuits for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite the Supreme Court ruling just months before that guaranteed the right nationwide, she was not convicted of a federal crime—and, therefore, wouldn’t receive a presidential pardon anyway. Additionally, Our Land of the Free clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously:
Ourlandofthefree.com makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality. All posts should be considered satirical and all images photoshopped to look like something they’re not. It’s not you, it’s me.
Last month, a federal judge ordered taxpayers in Kentucky to “pay more than $220,000 in attorney fees for the couples who sued” Davis, NPR reports. In 2015, Trump said of Davis, “I haven’t been opposed to her stand and I think it’s fine,” despite acknowledging earlier that same-sex marriage was “the law of the land.”
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Donald Trump Pardoning Kim Davis
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