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 …”
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