Did State Farm Cancel Bloomberg’s Insurance Over Hillary VP Announcement?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 17 February 2020

Claim

State Farm canceled Michael Bloomberg's life insurance policy after the candidate announced Hillary Clinton as his pick for vice president.

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Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Feb. 16, 2020, the website Prntly published an article positing that insurance provider State Farm had canceled the life insurance policy of former New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg:

State Farm Cancels Bloomberg’s Life Insurance After Hillary VP Announcement

Michael Bloomberg stood tall this morning on a stack of books, telling his supporters and the media that he has decided upon his VP: Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately for the tiny mayor, his decision just cost him in a way he never expected. State Farm called him up after actuaries calculated and crunched the numbers: he was no longer insurable.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that categorized the story as “satire.”

The article plays on a long-standing conspiracy theory that former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are responsible for multiple murders of people who became politically inconvenient to them.

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