Due to the upcoming presidential election’s in America, lot’s of fake news is being spread on social forums. Generally during elections, wrong and misleading news is spread about the candidates who are contesting elections so that their negative image is created amongst the voters. Very recently, a picture of the current US President has becoming quite viral on social forums. The picture has some text written in English that reads, “The doctors said that they’ve never seen a body killing coronovirus like my body. They tested my DNA and it wasn’t DNA. It was USA.”
The viral picture was sent to us by one of our readers on our Fact Line Number 9049053770. This picture has been shared extensively on social forums where some people have ridiculed Donald Trump and condemned him for posting this picture.
|Post investigations we found that the message in the viral image was not a genuine statement made by Donald Trump. We scrutinized all the tweets made by Trump; right from when he was infected to the time when he recovered. We did not find any message related to this topic in any of his tweet’s.|
To begin with, we examined the viral message through a keyword search but we did not find any related news on the internet pertaining to the published message. Further, we scrutinized the twitter handle of President Donald Trump, and we found many videos and tweets where Trump has shared updates about coronavirus and the condition of his family and himself. In those tweets also, we did not find any such message or video which spoke about the subject of the viral message. On 2nd October, Donald Trump had tweeted that he had been infected with COVID-19.
Thereafter, we carefully inspected all the videos and messages that he tweeted, but we did not find any tweet made by Donald Trump which would ascertain that the viral message was actually a statement made by him. In each of his tweets, he has thanked the doctors treating him, as well as health care workers and his well-wishers etc. He has also encouraged the people fighting Corona and mentioned about his and his family members’ health. You can see the same in the picture and tweet below.
We further checked the symbol shown on the picture that was sent to us. The symbol has Showkalis_swag written on it. On checking this name, we found pages with this name on Instagram and Facebook. According to the introduction section, only memes are posted on these pages.
When we contacted the social media user running this page, he told us that this page is a meme page; he picks pictures of the video from the internet and uploads it as a joke on this page. He further confirmed that, “The picture you are talking about is the picture of Donald Trump that I took from social forums and I posted a page mark in it.The picture was posted as a joke.”
In the picture below, you can see that the viral picture has been taken from the tweeted video of Donald Trump.
Fact Crescendo also saw the video of this tweet, but in that too, Trump did not talk about the message seen in the viral picture.
Conclusion: We found the above claim wrong after fact-checking. The message in the viral picture is not a part of Donald Trump’s statement. We scrutinized all the tweet’s posted by Trump, from when he was infected with the virus till the time he recovered and we did not find any evidence to prove otherwise.
Title:Donald Trump’s viral image about coronavirus is false and fabricatedFact Check By: Vinod Rathi