Did a "Prague newspaper" publish an article referring to Canada as a "confederacy of fools" and describing its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as "the prince of fools" in 2023? No, that's not true: The purported quote is a years-old repurposed fragment of text whose authorship has never been verified. In the past, the same quote was used to criticize other political leaders.
Canada is in trouble....
The post contained an image of what looked like a message or an email citing a foreign news outlet:
From a Prague newspaper.'The danger to Canada is not JustinTrudeau, but a citizenry capable ofentrusting a man like him with being PrimeMinister. It will be far easier to limit andundo the follies of a Trudeau governmentthan to restore the necessary commonsense and good judgment to a depravedelectorate willing to have such a man fortheir prime minister. The problem is muchdeeper and far more serious than Trudeau,who is a mere symptom of what ailsCanada. Blaming the prince of the foolsshould not blind anyone to the vastconfederacy of fools that made him theirprince. The country can survive a Trudeau,who is, after all, merely a fool. It is lesslikely to survive a multitude of fools, suchas those who made him their Primeminister.'
This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:
This block of text allegedly taken from an unnamed Prague newspaper is a piece of political misinformation that has been in circulation since at least 2009, when then-President Barack Obama was the focus of the passage.
Over the years, different versions of this claim mentioned Obama, Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. However, the targets were not limited to U.S. presidents. The list included public figures from other countries: for example, then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and then-New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
(Sources: Archive.Today screenshot taken on Tue Nov 14 18:22:01 2023 UTC; Archive.Today screenshot taken on Tue Nov 14 18:22:01 2023 UTC; composite image by Lead Stories)
(Source: Prager Zeitung screenshot taken on Tue Nov 14 18:51:23 2023 UTC; the page was automatically translated to English by Chrome)
In 2020, the website's editor-in-chief Marcus Hundt told Reuters that, regarding the resurfacing claim, his news outlet:
has never published such an article ... about Joe Biden nor about Barack Obama.
He added that the Prager Zeitung
primarily reports on events in the Czech Republic and Europe and not on domestic affairs in other counties.