CLAIM

Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush mocked President Trump on Twitter about his tweet bragging about winning the election on his first try.

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In January 2018, shortly after the publication of the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which suggested that President Trump was unfit for office, the President took to Twitter to defend his mental stability:

Trump’s tweets sparked a flurry of political punditry (and fodder for comedians). On 8 January 2018, the Facebook page “Politicked” published an image purportedly showing former presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton mocking Trump’s claim that he became President of the United States on his first try:

Politicked describes itself as a “left wing political satire” group, which creates its own “original and biting memes.” The images of these purported tweets are fake.

We searched the Twitter timelines for Obama, Bush, and Clinton and didn’t find any of these messages. It’s also unlikely that the three former presidents posted and subsequently deleted the tweets. Messages sent from President Obama and Clinton are routinely retweeted thousands of times (Bush hasn’t used the service since 2010) yet we found no retweets linking back to the original messages. 

Furthermore, it would be highly unlikely for these three former presidents to coordinate a social media joke simply to mock President Trump, before getting cold feed and deleting their posts without being detected by a mainstream media source.  

It is true that Obama, Clinton, and Bush all won presidential elections on their first attempts. Trump’s claim that he won the presidency on his first try, however, is a matter of debate (and of how serious one considers his first attempt). He ran for the nomination of the Reform Party in 2000 and appeared on the primary ballot in two states. Trump withdrew from the race before the election.

Although the 2000 campaign was the only time Trump actually entered any primary races prior to 2016, the real estate mogul toyed with the idea so often that his political aspirations found their way onto the popular cartoon show The Simpsons

Sources:

Helmore, Edward.   “How Trump’s Political Playbook Evolved Since He First Ran for President in 2000.”
    The Guardian.   5 February 2017.

TV Guide.   “Here’s a Timeline of Every Time Donald Trump Ran for President.”
    18 July 2015.

Helmore, Edward.   “How Trump’s Political Playbook Evolved Since He First Ran for President in 2000.”
    The Guardian.   5 February 2017.

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