Fact Check: NO Evidence Trump Commands 50,000 Secret Troops And Deputized Them As U.S. Marshals

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: NO Evidence Trump Commands 50,000 Secret Troops And Deputized Them As U.S. Marshals QAnonsense

Were "50,000 secret USA troops" just deputized by Donald Trump? No, that's not true: There is no evidence that any service members have been deputized by former President Donald Trump and made "Federal Marshals." A parody Twitter account made the original claim and used non-related social media posts to make the false connection. Trump is no longer the commander in chief of the military as of January 20, 2021, per Article 20 of the U.S. Constitution, and therefore has no power to command the troops, as Lead Stories has previously reported. There is also no proof that he is secretly deputizing troops and Trump, as a former president, does not have that authority.

The claim appeared as an article published by Beach Broadcast News on October 18, 2021, titled "50,000 Secret USA Troops - Deputized! Just getting started!" (archived here) which opened:

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50,000 Secret USA Troops - Deputized! Just getting started!

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The article opens with a photograph of Trump from the December 12, 2020 Army Navy Football Game at West Point, according to a caption of the photo published on FoxNews.com:

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The image on Beach Broadcast News has a letter Q, a symbol of the debunked conspiracy theory QAnon, on the image with the caption:

Trump Commands Over 50,000 Secret Troops. They all have been Deputized as Federal Marshals."

The article posts several social media posts but none of them say that there are 50,000 troops that have been secretly deputized by Trump.

The first social media post in the article is a tweet from the parody account il Donaldo Trumpo
@PapiTrumpo that shows a mocked-up image of Trump in a Revolutionary War uniform and a sombrero with the caption, "The Real Presidento."
The description of the account reads: Me look like el Presidento, but me no him, señor twitter Jacko and his no-hug twitter niños. I mucho different with glorioso moustachio. Please no ban me again.

The other random details in the article include a screen grab showing an ABC News tweet with a quote from Trump using the word "marshaling" and other news articles that contain QAnon hints to followers who believe the elaborate QAnon story of a cabal of blood-drinking elites working for global dominion, against whom Trump is the last hope.

There is a screen grab of "U.S. Marshals" trending on Twitter on October 14, 2021, which does not prove a connection that the secret deputizations occurred.

An article from 2020 with the headline, "Trump administration deputized hundreds of federal officers during crackdown on protesters," is based on the Trump administration deploying federal troops to select cities around the nation following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, as national news outlets reported at the time.. This article does not prove that Trump deputized 50,000 troops in secret.

None of the social media posts or article screen grabs provide any evidence of Trump being in charge of 50,000 troops, or deputizing them into the U.S. Marshals. Lead stories has reached out to the Pentagon for comment and will update the story when a response is received.

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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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