Fake News: Democrat Leaders Including Both Clintons, Gore, Pelosi, Schumer Were NOT Born 9 Months After UFO Crashed Near Roswell, New Mexico

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Democrat Leaders Including Both Clintons, Gore, Pelosi, Schumer Were NOT Born 9 Months After UFO Crashed Near Roswell, New Mexico

Were major Democratic Party leaders including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer born nine months after a UFO crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? No, that's not true: The only Democratic leader listed on a trending meme making the claim who was born near that date was Al Gore, who was born on March 28, 1948. Lead Stories has not fact checked if the former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee was bred by aliens from another planet, but the meme is ruled a hoax since the birthdays of the other eight Democrats are not in the stated timeframe.

The false claim has circulated via email and social media since at least 2006 and most recently in a post (archived here) published on April 13, 2019, under the title "Well this answers a lot of questions!!!" It opened:

The year is 1947
Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little over 60 years ago, witnesses claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO) with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies and organizations.
However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April 1948, nine months after that historic day, the following people were born:
Albert A. Gore, Jr.
Hillary Rodham
John F. Kerry
William J. Clinton
Howard Dean
Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer
See what happens when aliens breed with sheep and jackasses?
I certainly hope this bit of information clears up a lot of things for you. It did for me.
No wonder they support the bill to help illegal aliens!

This is what social media users saw:

Lead Stories assumes this claim started as political humor, but too often unquestioning minds accept satire as true history. Here are the birthdays for each of the Democrats on the list as purportedly born on or about April 1948.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady, secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, October, 26, 1947

Al Gore, former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, March 28, 1948

Bill Clinton, former U.S. president, August 19, 1946

Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, November 17, 1948

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, March 26, 1940

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator from California, June 22, 1933

Charles Schumer, U.S. senate from New York, senate Democratic leader, November 23, 1950

Barbara Boxer, former U.S. senator from California, November 11, 1940

According to a Snopes review published in 2013, the same claim has been made about Republican leaders, none of whom were born in the stated timeframe.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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