Viral image – No, Trump Jr. didn’t suggest his father’s supporters aren’t clean

Viral image – No, Trump Jr. didn’t suggest his father’s supporters aren’t clean

 

Supporters of former President Donald Trump have gathered at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, in the days since FBI agents executed a search warrant there Aug. 8. But what looks like a screenshot of Trump’s son discouraging his dad’s fans from visiting the property was created as a joke.

“While my father loves almost all his supporters, please do not come to Mar-a-Lago to support President Trump,” reads what looks like a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. on Aug. 13. “We have many important people coming through the club and need to keep it clean.” 

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Comments on one post from comedian Kathy Griffin sounded shocked by what looked like a slip from Trump Jr. 

“So he admits that his supporters are NOT important or clean people!!” one comment said. 

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But these accounts perhaps missed the supposed time Trump Jr. tweeted this — “6:99 AM” — and some text at the bottom of the image: “Parody by Back Rub.” 

The Twitter account @FaithRubPol tweeted the image on Aug. 14. The following day the account tweeted extra clarification for those who had missed the parody label: “This is a parody, which we posted at 6:99 AM as it says on the bottom :).” 

We rate claims that this is an authentic tweet False.

 

Source: PolitiFact.

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