Nancy Reagan's Last Words Were NOT: 'Do Not Vote For Donald Trump'

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

According to 'Althea Thoone', a private nurse who allegedly took care of Nancy Reagan, the last words of the former first lady were: 'Do Not Vote For Donald Trump'. The story that contains this 'news' quotes Nancy's nurse as saying:

She watched all the [GOP] debates. She was very alert and kept up with all the news and current events, especially about the election. She said no true Republican would cast a vote for Donald Trump.

She was not happy at all because I don't believe she thought Donald Trump was a real Republican. She took a turn for the worse after the [11th] debate when he started talking about his private parts, and all that other nonsense about Mitt Romney getting down on his knees.

Since the only site that seems to be reporting on this is the National Report the story is very likely a hoax. The National Report is a fake news site that makes up spectacular stories to get people to share them on social media without checking. For example have a look at these fake stories they did about Netflix and Pill, Pope Francis Endorsing Bernie Sanders or Kim Jong-Un Endorsing Donald Trump. Last year they even did a hoax claiming Nancy Reagan had endorsed Hillary Clinton.

When sharing the story on social media, only this summary is visible to most people. It looks pretty convincing to the casual observer so it is no wonder many people shared it without thinking:

Nancy Reagan's Last Words: 'Do Not Vote For Donald Trump'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died on March 6 at the age of 94, remained mentally alert "until the very end," according to a private nurse, who told reporters Mrs. Reagan's last words to her were, "Do not vote for Donald Trump."

Nurse Althea Thoone does not seem to appear in Google anywhere, although there are two mentions of a 'Dr. Althea Thoone'... both on National Report's own website.

At this time it is not known what Nancy Reagan's actual last words were (and we may never know). If they are ever made public there will certainly be a press release about it on the website of the Reagan Foundation. But there isn't one right now so don't be like all these people who shared the news without doing even minimal fact checking. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@LeadStoriesCom) for your daily news and hoax alerts.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident 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.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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