Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Tweet 'Handicapped And Minority Children Are Too Disruptive In The Classroom'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: President Trump Did NOT Tweet 'Handicapped And Minority Children Are Too Disruptive In The Classroom'

Did President Trump post an insulting tweet about 'handicapped and minority children," saying that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos "is right" and they "are too disruptive in the classroom?" No, that's not true: It is a fabricated tweet that was posted on an anti-Trump page and widely shared on social media in early 2017. It continued to circulate in July 2019.

The story originated on a pro-Democrat Facebook page in February 2017, around the time of the senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos to be Trump's education secretary. The fake tweet was recently shared in a post (archived here) published on July 21, 2019. Trump's purported tweet from February 14, 2017 read:

DeVos is right. Handicapped and minority children are too disruptive in the classroom. Disaster! Perhaps not everyone needs K-12 education.

This is what social media users saw:

It is not difficult to create a fake tweet image:

trump fake tweet.jpg

While President Trump is known to post tweets offensive to many, such a message as this would have created an unforgettable outrage. Again, the president never tweeted this. It was never on his timeline.

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  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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