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Small Indiana Town to Change Name to Avoid Clinton Reference

Reports that the small Indiana town wants to avoid being associated with the Democratic candidate are fake news.

Published Oct 19, 2016

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The town of Clinton, IN, is changing its name to avoid being associated with Hillary Clinton.

The small town of Clinton, Indiana is the subject of a particularly flimsy fake news story circulating online.

On 18 October 2016, America News Product published an article headlined "Small Indiana Town to Change Name to Avoid Clinton Reference," a three-paragraph story stating that:

The mayor, who himself is a Democrat, announced the change on Monday. He says that the name of the city will be changed to DeWitt, to honor what the town was really named for (DeWitt Clinton), and at the same time making a political jab at the Clintons.

"I cannot stand to see Hillary Clinton win the presidency. That name has been haunting me ever since her husband had the affair. I do not want our city to be associated with the Clintons, who are very crooked politicians. That is why I plan to change the name of our city."

Clinton's actual mayor, Jack Gilfoy, is in fact a Democrat. And there is no record of his repudiating the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband or ordering a name change for the town, which was indeed named for former New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton.

America News Project hints at its true nature by stating that it was "inspired by other reputable news websites such as the National Report, and the Daily Currant," two of the more common fake news sites. America News Project's Facebook page is more forthright:

America News Project is a satirical news website, publishing fictitious articles at least once a day. Real names may be used in our publications, often to mock politicians. All news articles from the America News Project are presumed to be fake in nature. Articles that have any resemblance to the truth is coincidental.

Arturo Garcia is a former writer for Snopes.

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