Fact Check

Donald Trump Just Admitted He Was a Hillary Clinton Plant the Whole Time

A fake Donald Trump tweet claiming that he's been a plant for Hillary Clinton all along wasn't actually sent by the Republican presidential candidate.

Published May 26, 2016

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Donald Trump admitted on Twitter that he was a political plant for Hillary Clinton.

As Donald Trump inched closer to becoming the Republican nominee for president, an image supposedly showing a tweet from his official account in which he admitted that he was a plant for Hillary Clinton started to recirculate on social media:

donald trump a republican plant

There are several ways to tell that the above-displayed image is a fake tweet: First, Donald Trump is a verified Twitter user, but this image does not carry Twitter's verified blue symbol, and this Tweet does not appear in Trump's timeline on 31 March 2016 or at any other time.  Also, the date of this Tweet is suspiciously close to April Fool's Day.

The fake tweet was created by the web site ALibertarianFuture.com and was originally featured in an April Fool's Day article:

The rumors were true after all. Donald Trump just admitted he was a Hillary Clinton plant the whole time.

Many have suspected as much but now Donald Trump himself has admitted that he is running as a Republican to ensure Hillary Clinton will win in November. Trump revealed via Twitter that he made a deal with Hillary in late May mere weeks before he announced his run.

After Donald Trump made this announcement we reached out to his incarcerated campaign manager Corey Lewandoski who filled us in on the whole story:

Electing Hillary Clinton, the most disliked Democrat politician in decades, would have been impossible unless she were running against a Republican that was even worse. Although, it couldn’t just be any Republican, it would have to be the absolute worst Republican in the country. It would have to be a Republican that was so bad even other Republicans would denounce them. It would have to be someone that would split the party and ensure Hillary could win the White House with only 40% of the vote.

To summarize: Donald Trump didn't admit that he was a political plant who only ran to make sure that Hillary Clinton would become President of the United States. The image circulating on social media is a fake tweet, and it was created as an April Fool's Day joke.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.