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Conspiracy Theory Follows Call For ‘Space Force’

Q: Did President Donald Trump call for the creation of a “space force” to fight off an “alien attack”?

A: No. The president did request exploration of a “space force,” but it is unrelated to extraterrestrial activity.

Trump Didn’t Fire Muslim Judge

Q: Did President Trump fire Judge Salam al Alsawatha Malallahafa?

A: No. The claim originated on a satire website.

Partisan Website Recycles Old Charges

Q: Has the “head” of the Democratic Party been “hauled out in handcuffs”?

A: No. A partisan website has used decade-old charges against an Alabama Democrat as clickbait.

Bogus Claim About Made-up Muslim Waitress

Q: Did a Muslim waitress refuse to seat 27 Christians?

A: No. That claim is completely made up. The restaurant where it supposedly happened doesn’t even exist.

Claim That Sessions Resigned Is Baloney

Q: Has Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned?

A: No. That claim came from a made-up story originally posted on a self-described satirical site.

Weak Link in NFL Protest Story

Q: Has George Soros been paying NFL players to protest?

A: No. A story making that claim offers no evidence to support it.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Hasn’t Been Fired

Q: Is Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith being fired because of “his hate” for President Trump?

A: No. That debunked claim has been circulating online since last year.

No Evidence of Tucson ‘Child Sex Camp’

Q: Was a recently discovered encampment in Arizona used as a “child rape camp”?

A: There is no evidence to support that claim. Authorities say their investigation revealed no such criminal activity.

No ‘Treason’ or ‘Bust’ for Obama

Q: Have the “feds bust[ed] Barack Obama” on felony charges?

A: No. That claim is based on the false assertion that the former president committed treason in his last few months in office.

Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate

Q: Is Nathan Larson — who has expressed support for pedophilia, rape and incest — a Republican candidate for Congress?

A: No. Larson is running for a Virginia congressional seat as an independent.