Fact Check: There Is NO Proof People Are Planning On Mass Murder Of POC And LGBTQ+ People If Biden Wins

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: There Is NO Proof People Are Planning On Mass Murder Of POC And LGBTQ+ People If Biden Wins Not Credible

If Joe Biden wins the election are there people planning on mass murdering POC and LGBTQ+ people? No, that's not true. A claim has gone viral that if the Democratic nominee beats Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, there are people plotting to kill people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and warns that people should stay inside during and after the election. There is no proof that there have been any credible threats toward the people mentioned in the tweet.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Twitter on November 1, 2020. It opened:

TW // murder ,discrimination PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYONE.

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

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Wed Nov 4 06:15:21 2020 UTC)

The claim went viral on social media without any evidence or proof that there were credible threats.

Commenters on Twitter asked for proof of the threats about mass murder and the account posted another tweet.

The photograph in the tweet is a screengrab of an October 20, 2020, Facebook post by Craig "Sawman" Sawyer that linked to an article on the conservative website Federalist.com titled, "Trump Resistance Plans 'Mass Mobilization' After Election To Shut Down The Country If Biden Doesn't Win." The article discussed claims that the group Shut Down DC would be protesting if Donald Trump won the election.

Neither the post by Sawyer nor the article said anything about murdering POC or LGBTQ+ people if Biden won the election.

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Posted by Craig "Sawman" Sawyer on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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