To protest a recent FBI search of the building, dozens of former president Donald Trump’s fans gathered in front of his Florida residence. The incident led to a parody tweet that falsely claimed to be sent by Donald Trump’s eldest son, ordering supporters to disperse because “many important people are coming through the club and we need to keep it clean.”
After the FBI searched the structure on August 8, dozens of former president Donald Trump’s fans gathered in front of his residence at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
According to a list of confiscated objects that was unlocked along with the search warrant on August 12, agents were able to recover several items labeled as confidential, secret, and top secret.
It was widely believed that the search was connected to the National Archives and Records Administration’s ongoing efforts to recover records from the former president, even though the purpose for the search was not made public at the time. However, Trump’s followers denounced the FBI’s operations and carried flags and posters with campaign slogans for the president.
Now a phony tweet purporting to be from Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, is making the rounds online. The tweet was intended as parody, but it has received a lot of attention without a disclaimer indicating that it was.
While my Father loves almost all of President Trump’s followers, the fake post pleaded with them not to visit Mar-a-Lago to show their support. We need to keep the club clean since prominent individuals frequent there.
The fake “6:99 AM” time stamp and “Parody by Back Rub” credit in the original version make it clear that the tweet is a parody and not the actual thing. A satirical Twitter account posted it.
But the identifiers at the bottom have been removed from the image after it was shared.
Users on social media have been perplexed by the assertion, even in versions that did include the sarcastic hints at the bottom. For instance, many of the Facebook commenters who posted the phony tweet with the “parody” label on comic Kathy Griffin’s post didn’t seem to realize it was made up. “So he confesses that his supporters are NOT important or clean people!” one of Griffin’s million fans said.
However, as we previously stated, Donald Trump Jr. did not send the tweet. He never published the tweet, according to screenshots of his Twitter account taken from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Similar allegations have been circulated for years using either false tweets that were posted as satire or fake tweets that were made with the objective of fooling people. At least twelve of them have been covered in previous articles.
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James Bickerton Following an FBI raid, Trump supporters demonstrate outside Mar-a-Lago. Newsweek, August 9, 2022.
Robert Farley, Eugene Kiely, and Lori Robertson. “Q&A on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home Search by the FBI.” FactCheck.org. 13 August 2022 update
Regarding a sealed search warrant. Case ID number 22-MJ-8332. The Southern District of Florida’s U.S. District Court. 11 Aug 2022.
Saranac Hale Spencer Former presidents are prohibited from taking official records home. FactCheck.org. 18 February 2022 update
Nicholas Nehamas After the FBI raided the residence of the former president Trump, Mar-a-Lago became well-known. Florida Herald. 9 August 2022 update
Plz follow? Back Rub by Faith (@FaithRubPol). Trump tells Trump backers: Leave our property now. Twitter. August 14, 2022.
Website Archive Donald Trump Jr.’s (@DonaldJTrumpJr) Twitter page was captured by the Wayback Machine. 13 Aug 2022.
Not everyone gets Kathy Griffin’s parody of a Trump tweet, as it initially appeared on FactCheck.org.
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