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Bernie Sanders Wants to 'Dethrone God' and Destroy Capitalism?

A fake image purportedly showing a tweet from Senator Bernie Sanders claims that the senator wants to "dethrone God."

Published Feb. 2, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter that he wanted to destroy capitalism and "dethrone God."

On 31 January 2016, the Facebook group "Tea Party Standup" posted a fake photo purportedly showing a screenshot from Bernie Sanders' Twitter account:

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There is no record of this tweet appearing on Sanders' Twitter timeline.

The above-displayed photo first started circulating in August 2015 and was most likely created by John Trulli, a Facebook user who frequently posts memes and fabricated tweets to his page. On 10 August 2015, Trulli shared the above-displayed image and a few days later he admitted that it was fake:


It should also be noted that the quote, "It is my objective in life to dethrone God and destroy capitalism," is frequently attributed to Karl Marx.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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