The Donald Trump Jr. tweet on Wednesday morning that a mango dinosaur fruit stand in Iowa was a fake news story was the latest example of the President’s penchant for spreading fake news.
A tweet that appeared to be from Trump Jr., was later removed from his account.
The President’s use of the word “fake news” to describe news stories has become a hallmark of his presidency, and has made him a frequent target of criticism.
Trump has claimed to have been the victim of fake news since at least December 2016, when he told Fox News that a “sick and demented woman” had sent him “sketchy and fake” information about the election.
The allegation, which Trump himself later called “a total fabrication,” had been circulating in the news media for months.
It is unclear if the information was fake news, but Trump Jr.’s tweet, which was subsequently deleted, was a clear attempt to deflect attention away from the allegation.
The White House quickly disavowed the tweet, saying it was “taken out of context.”
The tweet was later re-posted by the White House and retweeted by President Trump Jr.: The real story is that the Democrats, the media and others are totally against us.
The Fake News is Fake News.
— Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2021 The tweet came after the president and his daughter, Ivanka, appeared on “Fox and Friends” with Steve Doocy, a Republican strategist, who was widely criticized for his claim that there was no “fake” news story surrounding the inauguration.
During the interview, Doocy said that he had spoken with several news outlets, including BuzzFeed, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and that he was told there was “no such thing as a fake story.”
“The Fake News and the media have totally covered the inauguration,” Doocy claimed.
“There were reports on CNN and MSNBC and others.
They were reporting the exact same things.”
When asked about the claim by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Docroys daughter Ivanka responded that she was not sure.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” she said.
“We’ve been told that there’s no fake news,” she continued.
“What I know is that there are a lot of stories out there that are absolutely untrue, that are false.”
“There are a bunch of different stories, a lot,” she added, before claiming that “there’s a lot more out there than what people know, so we’re just going to wait and see.”
Ivanka, who has previously defended the President on social media, was also pressed on her claims that there is “a lot more” out there.
“Yeah, there’s a whole bunch of things out there,” she replied.
“And that’s what I’m just waiting to see.”
She added that she and her father would continue to “make sure that people understand what is and is not fake news.”
Docroics daughter also took aim at the “fake News” conspiracy theory, saying that she thinks the term “fake story” is “one of the more offensive terms in American politics.”
“It’s like the old joke, you know?
‘Fake news, fake news,’ because that’s not what the media is.
They’re not fake,” Ivanka said.