An old clip from a cable news show has been misrepresented by a dubious website to make the false claim that the program’s anchor prayed “for every American to suffer just so Trump won’t get re-elected.”
A clip taken from an MSNBC show that aired more than a year ago has recently been turned into hyper-partisan fodder online.
In a headline posted on Aug. 21, a dubious website claimed: “DISTURBING: MSNBC Host PRAYS For Every American To SUFFER Just So Trump ‘Wont Get Re-elected.'”
But the story that follows doesn’t support that claim. It includes a distorted account of a discussion from the June 27, 2018, episode of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” hosted by Nicolle Wallace.
To begin with, the story, which is littered with grammatical errors, says: “MSNBC hаvе Nicolle Wаllасе реtіtіоnеd Gоd fоr a subsidence оn Thursday so President Dоnаld Trumр would lоѕе rе-арроіntmеnt in 2020.” Wallace didn’t say anything about God and the clip, as we noted, is from over a year ago. Also, President Donald Trump is up for re-election in 2020, not “re-appointment.”
The story then goes on to include a warped version of an exchange between Wallace and one of her guests, writer and presidential historian Jon Meacham.
USlibertywire.club, Aug. 21, 2019: “On the off chance that a rеtrеаt hіtѕ… ” ѕресіаlіѕt Jоn Mеасhаm ѕаіd.
“Yоu іmаgіnе thаt іѕ the place the bоttоm fаllѕ оut (for Trumр)?” Wallace іntеrроѕеd.
“I ѕuѕресt аѕ muсh,” hе reacted.
“Um,” Wаllасе stated, blаzіng аn іmmеnѕе grіn. “Alright, great,” ѕhе сhоrtlеd.
The exchange happened while Wallace and the show’s panel discussed the state of the U.S. economy and the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. It actually went like this:
Meacham, “Deadline: White House,” June 27, 2018: A friend of mine pointed out this morning that it wasn’t until Nixon’s recession that the Watergate stuff drove, so if a recession hits –
Wallace: You think that’s where… the bottom falls out?
Meacham: I think so.
Wallace: OK. Good.
The story has been shared more than 12,000 times on Facebook, according to data from CrowdTangle.
The website that posted it, USlibertywire.club, was created in December 2018, according to domain registration records.
Other stories on USlibertywire.club include partisan click bait and some well-worn fake quotes attributed to celebrities, including one supposedly from actor Keanu Reeves that we’ve written about before.
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“DISTURBING: MSNBC Host PRAYS For Every American To SUFFER Just So Trump ‘Wont Get Re-elected.’” USlibertywire.club. 21 Aug 2019.
Deadline: White House. “Trump finalizes plans to meet with Vladimir Putin, again.” MSNBC. 27 Jun 2018.