According to Facebook, the search term “Donald Trump dead” proves nearly 7,000 people are talking about the subject. The rumor that Trump had a massive heart attack that killed Trump stemmed from a hoax article that has thus far enjoyed more than 30,000 total views on one hoax website alone — with more than 10,000 views today.
For the most part, the claims that Trump died from a heart attack were joined in the fake article by a photo of a man who appears to look like Trump, passed out and flat on his back on a stage of some sort. In fact, the photo appears to have been taken from the time that Trump appeared in the wrestling ring, according to Rolling Stone.
Trump was flat on his back at WrestleMania 23, after taking a “hit” from “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in Detroit, on Sunday, April 1, 2007.
According to Trendolizer, the hoax story about Trump, as found on Snopes, began trending on Saturday, August 13. The article that proclaimed Trump’s early death a hoax has been shared nearly 7,000 times on social media.
“Donald Trump was pronounced dead today at 11 a.m. following what some are describing as a violent heart attack. The world famous businessman and TV personality was previously treated for minor cardiovascular issues that followed a mild course of antibiotics. As far as everyone was aware, he recovered without any set backs.
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“Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) was an American businessman, television personality, author, politician, and was the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He was chairman of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests.
“Born and raised in New York City, Trump was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics. While attending college, Trump worked in his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm. He assumed control of the business in 1973, and later renamed it The Trump Organization. During his career, Trump built skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and numerous other developments, many of which bear his name, including Trump Place in Manhattan.”
The article went on to note Trump’s additional political history and accomplishments before ending with #RIPTrump, #TrumpRIP, and #Trump4Ever hashtags. It also claimed that Trump’s family asked for privacy from the media — but also urged people to share the fake article.
As such, people are having a variety of reactions to the fake report.
Perusing Twitter under labels like “Donald Trump died” or Trump heart attack shows that some folks are tweeting that the presidential campaign has devolved into a dire state of being. With Trump’s alleged Second Amendment comments against Hillary Clinton being interpreted as a call-to-arms to harm Clinton by some folks — and now hoax articles proclaiming Trump’s death — certain folks are tweeting that they have tired of the presidential campaign already.
Whereas some people are tweeting that they wish the fake article were indeed true — others are reporting it as a bridge too far in terms of clickbait topics. Still others are coming up with new campaign slogans for Trump in the wake of the buzz that the fake article has brought online.
As reported by Snopes, the fake Trump story has further been discredited by the fact that no credible news organizations have reported anything about Trump having a major heart attack and dying. Also, the most recent news reports are focusing on other recent controversies surrounding the Republican presidential candidate.
Some of those latest news reports reveal Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was confronted about Trump’s comments, reports Business Insider, when Trump called President Barack Obama and Hillary the founders of ISIS — and doubled down, calling Mr. Obama the MVP of the terrorist group. Later, Trump claimed he was only being sarcastic — but backpedaled upon saying that he wasn’t being too sarcastic.
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