Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Issue Statement Calling For 'MAGA Patriots' To Boycott Midterm Elections

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Issue Statement Calling For 'MAGA Patriots' To Boycott Midterm Elections Satire

Did Donald Trump issue a statement on his "Save America" letterhead that encouraged "all the Great MAGA Patriots" to boycott the midterm elections in November? No, that's not true: According to Trump's chief spokeswoman, that April 27, 2022, statement is fake. The fabricated statement appears to have originated from The Halfway Post, a Twitter account that describes itself as liberal comedy and satire.

The fabricated statement with the "Save America" letterhead was posted as a screenshot in a tweet (archived here) by @HalfwayPost on April 28, 2022. It was captioned, "Donald Trump has a wonderful new election strategy." The message in the screenshot reads:

- April 27, 2022 -
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the
United States of America

If the tough and freedom-loving candidates I've endorsed for Congress lose their primaries this summer, I invite all the Great MAGA Patriots to BOYCOTT the midterm elections in November. There's no point in GOP majorities if Mitch McConnell is calling all the shots. Apparently he's saying my candidates are crazy and unelectable, but he's the biggest RINO in history! So we don't want a Senate full of weak losers like Mike Pence, Mitt Romney, and their Menopausal Friends who won't say the election was RIGGED. So if we can't MAGA, stay home in November!

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

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Apr 29 14:02:12 2022 UTC)

The Halfway Post Twitter account @HalfwayPost describes itself this way:

Dada journalism, satire & liberal comedy by @DashMacIntyre. I don't report the facts, I improve them. My book: "SATIRE IN THE TRUMP YEARS"

Lead Stories reached out to Donald Trump's chief spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, to find out if this was a real or fake statement. She responded by email on April 29, 2022:

This is fake.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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