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Did Sean Spicer Retweet a Satirical Onion Video About Himself?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer retweeted The Onion's satirical video about him, leaving some social media users confused.

Published Jan. 30, 2017

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer retweeted a satirical item from 'The Onion' about himself.

On 29 January 2017, the satirical online publication The Onion tweeted a video titled "5 Things to Know About Sean Spicer," with the text of the tweet spoofing the White House press secretary by asserting that his "role in the Trump administration will be to provide the American public with robust and clearly articulated misinformation":

In an unusual development, Spicer himself retweeted The Onion's tweet, adding:

The popularity of Sean Spicer's retweet as a screenshot on social media and blogs, coupled with the prevalence of spoofed or fabricated tweets, led to some confusion about its legitimacy. Spicer did indeed retweet The Onion item, although his intent in sharing and commenting on it is unclear.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.

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