Fact Check

No, Elijah Cummings Did Not 'Forgive' Donald Trump On His Deathbed

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Oct 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14:  U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) conducts a hearing on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified about the ongoing preparations for the 2020 Census, and with it, the addition of a citizenship question.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Claim:
On his deathbed, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings expressed forgiveness towards President Donald Trump.

On Oct. 17, TatersGonnaTate.com published an article positing that, before his death earlier that day, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, had expressed forgiveness and conciliation towards President Donald Trump:

"Elijah Cummings At His Deathbed: 'Tell The President I Forgive Him & I Hope He Finds God'"

... Those in attendance in his final hours claim [Cummings] was reflective of his life as he lay there and, at one point, turned from his talk of family and friends to speak to President Trump:

"Tell President Trump something for me. Tell him that I forgive him. He said some terrible things about me. He spread lies, tried to sully my reputation. Evil seemed to have grown in him. But I forgive him. Tell him for me, would you? I sincerely hope he can shed Satan. I want all you – and tell America to do this too – to say a prayer for the President so that he might find his way to God. I know it’s a long shot but we should try."

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

"Tatersgonnatate.com is a subsidiary of the 'America’s Last Line of Defense' network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery ..."

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

Sources

TatersGonnaTate.com.  "Elijah Cummings At His Deathbed: 'Tell The President I Forgive Him & I Hope He Finds God.'"   17 October 2019.

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