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Protections for Drivers Who Hit Protesters Didn’t Pass

A viral post falsely asserts that Republicans are responsible for “passing laws making it legal to run over protesters with your car.” That distorts proposed, but not enacted, legislation in several states offering some protections for drivers who unintentionally injure demonstrators blocking streets.

A False Claim About H.R. 8 and a ‘Firearms Registry’

A viral meme falsely accuses five House Republicans of voting with Democrats to create a “firearms registry.” The bill in question specifically prohibits “the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry.”

Trump Retweets Made-up Reagan Quote

There’s no evidence President Ronald Reagan predicted Donald Trump would be president, as a meme shared by Trump falsely claims.

Bogus Stats Distort Democratic Debates

Posts on social media wildly exaggerate the number of times President Donald Trump’s name and the word “free” were used during the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

Headlines Twist Old Report on State Department

A false story spread across social media wrongly claims that NBC News reported that Hillary Clinton “covered up” a “pedophile ring” at the Department of State. The report is from 2013 and did not say that.

Posts Misidentify Woman in Trump Photo

Social media posts misidentify a woman in an old photo with President Donald Trump. She is not E. Jean Carroll, the writer who recently accused Trump of sexual assault, but is another woman who previously accused Trump of misconduct.

The Churchill Quotation That Wasn’t

There’s no support for the idea that Winston Churchill ever made a statement about Muslims that social media users continue to attribute to him.