Did President Trump post a tweet suggesting "child lifes matter" should be painted on the streets of Hollywood? No, that's not true: The message was published on a fake Trump Twitter account, a fact missed by some who believed it was a sign that the president was signalling belief in the QAnon Pizzagate conspiracy theory. The bogus account unsername @realDonalTrump_, is missing a "d" and has and underscore symbol, which is not part of Donald Trump's authentic username, @realDonaldTrump.
The claim appeared in a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on July 18, 2020 with the introductory text that read:
Trump tweet. #PedoGate#PizzaGate is about to BLOW💥💥💥💥WIDE OPEN‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ THESE TWEETS ARE NOT JUST RANDOM. EVERYTHING HE SAYS HAS A MEANING AND USUALLY BIG THINGS FOLLOW. #SaveTheChildren
The rest of the post was a screenshot of the fake tweet, which read:
WHO Thinks "Child Lifes Matter" Should Be PAINTED In The STREETS OF HOLLYWOOD???
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Aug 11 15:15:22 2020 UTC)
"Child Lifes Matter" is a variation of a hashtag popular among QAnon followers who believe that President Trump is engaged in a secret war with "Deep State" agents who have purportedly kidnapped millions of children for sex trafficking.
Lead Stories has debunked several false conspiracy claims concerning child sex trafficking, including:
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