Donald Trump complains frequently that stories critical of him are "fake news," but apparently, the president is quick to fall for actual fake news when it praises him.
This week, the president appeared to have seen a fake news story that the protesters taking to the streets in France to speak out against raising gas taxes. As France 24 reported, this appeared to start with a conservative pundit named Charlie Kirk, who claimed that the protesters were calling for Donald Trump.
"'We want Trump' being chanted through the streets of Paris," Kirk tweeted, not offering any evidence of the alleged chants.
Kirk went on to say that left-leaning media was intentionally ignoring the story.
"There are riots in socialist France because of radical leftist fuel taxes. Media barely mentioning this," he wrote. "America is booming, Europe is burning They want to cover up the middle class rebellion against cultural Marxism."
As France 24 reported, fact-checkers from AFP determined that Kirk's claim was "a textbook example of fake news," with no reports that the protesters in France were calling for Donald Trump.
If Charlie Kirk was aiming to get a retweet from Donald Trump, it has worked. Trump mentioned his claim earlier this week, and again on Saturday repeated the very fake claim that protesters in France were showing some love to him.