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Did Trump Tweet He'd Deny Stimulus Checks to Any Who Used #NotMyPresident?

Fake Trump tweets were just the tip of the iceberg as misinformation swirled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published Mar 20, 2020

 (Facebook, screen capture)
Image Via Facebook, screen capture
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that economic stimulus checks would only go to those who have not made negative social media comments about him.

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As the COVID-19 coronavirus disease spread in March 2020, social media hoaxes raced right along with it.

One such stunt was a fake tweet (displayed above) made to look like it was posted from the official Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump. The image suggested the president had blithely warned that relief checks from a COVID-19 stimulus package would only benefit people who had not published overt criticism of him on social media.

Specifically, the hoax tweet read:

Yes, I ordered the Treasury Secretary to send checks to Americans! First however, we will go through your social media history from the last 4 years and search for any post with #NotMyPresident in it. I wouldn't think of offending you with a check if I'm not your president! #MAGA

We found no evidence that Trump authored this tweet. Neither a database dedicated to archiving his posts, nor a database that stores all of his deleted tweets had a record of this post.

Another viral but false quote suggested that Trump said of the COVID-19 pandemic, "People are dying today that have never died before." He did not.

The above-displayed fake tweet was posted as lawmakers discussed a federal stimulus package that may include checks sent directly to Americans as part of an economic stimulus plan.

As countries across the globe have worked to slow the spread of COVID-19, they have implemented various strategies of social distancing and quarantine measures that have resulted in widespread job losses and work-hour reductions.


Menton, Jessica. "Unemployment: U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Jump amid Coronavirus Layoffs."   USA Today. 19 March 2020.

The New York Times. "Coronavirus Live Updates: Senate G.O.P. Plan Includes Large Corporate Tax Cuts."   Updated 19 March 2020.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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