Fact Check: Rudy Giuliani Was NOT Prank Texted By Someone Pretending To Be Ivanka Trump

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: Rudy Giuliani Was NOT Prank Texted By Someone Pretending To Be Ivanka Trump Not Rudy

Did a Twitter user text Rudy Giuliani pretending to be Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter, with a new number? No, that's not true: The messages were fabricated as a joke. The Twitter user was not actually texting Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer and former New York City mayor.

The story appeared in a tweet (archived here) published by @nickroberts317 on October 21, 2020. The caption read:

Just to be clear: Rudy Giuliani has ALWAYS been gullible

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

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thu Oct 22 15:30:40 2020 UTC)

The following is the rest of the satirical conversation @nickroberts317 posted:

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Later that same day, @nickroberts317 deleted the satirical tweets and posted a clarifying tweet:

How did @nickroberts317 get that casual snap of Ivanka Trump if the texts are fabricated, you ask? It's the very first result when Googling "Ivanka Trump mirror selfie."

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A number of esteemed journalists, including Rachel Maddow, retweeted @nickroberts317's screenshots thinking they were authentic.

One of the reasons otherwise skeptical reporters believed these tweets of the screenshots off the bat is likely because Giuliani is known among reporters for being quite responsive and accessible over text message.

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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