Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say He Decided To Become A Republican After Spilling Beans On Himself In Movie Theater And Getting Laughed At

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say He Decided To Become A Republican After Spilling Beans On Himself In Movie Theater And Getting Laughed At Refried Tale

Did former President Donald Trump say in a People magazine interview that he spilled baked beans all over himself watching "Cars 2" in a theater, a Black teenager laughed at him and that is when he decided to become a Republican? No, that's not true: This is a made-up quote Trump didn't tell People magazine in 1998. This is similar to another fake quote about why he decided to become a Republican that was debunked by Lead Stories in 2019.

The recent claim appeared as an Instagram post on January 30, 2022. It opened:


'I spilled baked beans all over myself watching Cars 2 in theaters & a black teenager shouted 'this n***a eating beans' & everyone laughed. That's when I decided to become a Republican.' Donald Trump. People Magazine, 1998

Social media users saw this post on Instagram:

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(Image source: Instagram screenshot taken on Mon Jan 31 08:52:43 2022 UTC)

The quote is below an old image of Trump that appears to be a screenshot of him taken from a video OWN network posted in June 2015 titled,

"Donald Trump Teases a President Bid During a 1988 Oprah Show":

According to IMDB.com, the movie "Cars 2" was released in 2011, not 1998 when the quotes were allegedly made by Trump.

In 2019 Lead Stories debunked a claim that Trump made a similar comment, also purportedly in 1998. That fake quote was:

If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.
Donald Trump
People magazine, 1998

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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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