Morgan Freeman Saying ‘Jailing’ Hillary Clinton Is ‘Best Way To Restore Public Faith’ In Government Is Fake News
By Erica Abbott
Reports that Morgan Freeman suggested that “jailing” Hillary Clinton was “the best way to restore public faith” in the government are false. Rumors that the Oscar-winning actor encouraged President Donald Trump to jail Clinton stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on YourNewsWire, a clickbait website known for publishing conspiracy theories and fake news. The article claimed that Freeman said the former Democratic presidential nominee should be imprisoned so as to restore Americans’ trust in the government, which, in reality, neared historic lows earlier this year. It purported:
The best way to restore public faith in government institutions is to “send Hillary to prison“, according to Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman, who warns that unless the former First Lady’s crimes are seen to be punished, “everyday Americans will forever know, deep down, that there is one law for those with money and power, and another for the rest of us.”
“Hillary should be in jail for her unlawful deeds and President Trump should absolutely, absolutely make sure this happens to send the very strong message that no-one, and I mean no-one, is above the law in the United States of America,” Morgan Freeman said in New York while promoting National Geographic’s new docu-series The Story of Us.
Responding to a question about why he thinks President Trump has not yet fulfilled this particular campaign promise, Freeman laughed and said and looked up at the heavens before saying, “Goddamnit man, you were elected for this very reason, lock that bitch up!”
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. While YourNewsWire contains no disclaimer, RationalWiki provides a description on their website:
YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto (“News. Truth. Unfiltered”).
While many details of the YourNewsWire story are fake, the article does reference a real video that went viral in September. Freeman was featured in a Committee to Investigate Russia video, in which he encouraged Trump to be open and transparent about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
“We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth. We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, ‘My fellow Americans. During this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government. I’ve called on Congress and our intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.’” That quote, which is referenced in the false story, is real.
Freeman endorsed Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, telling CNN that he didn’t have any trust issues with the former Secretary of State. After the election, he told AARP The Magazine, “As for politics today, I supported Hillary in the election, and now it feels like we are jumping off a cliff.” He also narrated campaign ads for Clinton, one of which played at Go to the full article.
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