Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Say He Will Make Desecration Of The Flag Illegal

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Say He Will Make Desecration Of The Flag Illegal

Did President Trump say he will override the Supreme Court and make desecration of the flag (including the Confederate one) illegal? No, that's not true, despite what a recent meme claims. The meme was produced by a satirical liberal Facebook page that tries to trick conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing absurdly fake news so fans of the pages can then mock them for it. The story and the Trump quote are not real.

It originated from a meme that appeared on August 28, 2018 in a post on a Facebook page named "America Loves Donald Trump" (archived here) with following caption:

Yaaay Precedent........I got nuthin

The text on the meme read:

President Trump says he will override the Supreme Court and make desecration of the flag illegal!

His order will cover the Confederate flag as well!

Share if you support this incredible decision!

However the Facebook page that posted the meme comes with following disclaimer on its about page:

Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.

Constitutionally speaking the President is also not able to override Supreme Court decisions with a simple executive action, he would need the support of Congress so he can have legislation passed for that (and he possibly might need to get an amendment to the Constitution ratified first). So this news is definitely fake, this is not something the President can just decide to do.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

  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.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion