Fact Check: Photo Showing Whoopi Goldberg Wearing T-Shirt Showing Trump Shooting Himself Is NOT Real

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Photo Showing Whoopi Goldberg Wearing T-Shirt Showing Trump Shooting Himself Is NOT Real Photoshop

Did The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg wear a t-shirt sporting the slogan "Make America Great Again" below an image of Presiden Trump shooting himself through the head? No, that's not true: the image was digitally manipulated, in reality the 2017 photo had Goldberg wearing a t-shirt with the slogan "And you thought I was a nasty woman before? Buckle up, buttercup".

The manipulated photo recently appeared in a Facebok post (archived here) on September 16, 2020, accompanied by the comment:

This is ok? She should be fired! At the very least, arrested. This is disgusting.

In addition the image itself contained the text:

Let's get her fired from The View for this. Why is she allowed to promote violence/killing? Why is this different than what Kathy Griffin did?

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Sep 20 08:43:34 2020 UTC)

However the original photo was posted on the Facebook page of The View on January 23, 2017 (archived here):

Whoopi Goldberg joined thousands for the #womensmarch in New York City Saturday. "This change is on us," she told the crowd. See her experience today on The View.

Posted by The View on Monday, January 23, 2017

It clearly shows a different slogan on the t-shirt.

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  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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