Trump DID NOT Say He Needs To 'Research Hitler' Before Deciding If He's A 'Bad Guy'

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Right on the heels of the David Duke/KKK kerfuffle, another story is making the rounds about Donald Trump not denouncing a clearly evil, racist person. A reporter from the Free Wood Post supposedly asked Trump following question:

Mr. Trump, many are comparing your policy suggestions and antics to that of Adolf Hitler, would you agree or disagree?

To which the presidential candidate allegedly replied:

That's a great question. Really great. Great like me, in fact. Truth is, I'd need to research Hitler to really determine if he were a bad guy or not. I can't just answer that without putting the proper thought into it. But really great question. Moving along.

While that sounds like the type of answer Donald Trump could have given, it is of course satire. The entire interview is fake, and the story is not true. The Free Wood Post bills itself as "News That's Almost Reliable" in its header. But a story like this could convince some people, especially looking at the recent CNN interview in which Trump claimed not to know anything about David Duke and the KKK:

So it is no wonder some people who saw only this part of the story on social media would be inclined to believe it:

Trump Says He Needs To 'Research Hitler' Before Deciding If He's A 'Bad Guy'

Doubling-down on his need to "research" egregiously awful bigots, not only does Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump claim he needs to look into David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, now he's not quite sure if Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was awful either.

This despite the fact that Trump actually disavowed David Duke's endorsement earlier. It still is perfectly legitimate to argue whether he should have denounced Duke again in the CNN interview or not, but don't be fooled like the people who shared the satirical Hitler story:

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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