Don’t be fooled by a viral image suggesting that former First Lady Michelle Obama is running for public office in 2020. The image has been doctored.
The photo circulating on Facebook — shared more than 163,000 times — features Michelle Obama smiling and making a heart symbol with her hands while standing next to former president Barack Obama, who’s also smiling and holding a black t-shirt that has big white letters that say "Michelle Obama 2020." The photo suggests that former first lady is campaigning for election in 2020.
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The Obamas did pose for the photo, but the image was doctored to misrepresent the text of the t-shirt (which is white in the original photo).
In June 26, 2015, then-president Barack Obama tweeted from his @POTUS44 account the picture of him and his wife. The actual shirt that he was holding said "Hate Won’t Win." That text was typed at the center of two hands creating the heart symbol. (Michelle Obama is making the same sign.)
The tweet also said, "So inspired by the grace shown by the Simmons family and all the victims' families in Charleston. #HateWontWin."
The Obama post came days after a deadly mass shooting by a white supremacist at a predominantly black church in Charleston, S.C.
A movement called "Hate Won’t Win" emerged after the shooting, to "create a more culturally cohesive society that appreciates and celebrates differences instead of allowing them to divide us." It encouraged people to show "an act of love to someone of a different race, religion, economic class, age, etc. by posting a picture or video to your social media page with the hashtag, #hatewontwin" and to challenge others to do the same.
Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, names of democrats have been floated around speculating whether they would run against President Donald Trump.
Michelle Obama has shut down any speculation that she might run.
"I don’t want to be president. I don’t think I should be president. I think I can do a lot of things, but that’s not one of them,’’ Obama said during conference in Boston in April. She’s made no public indication that she’s interested in running for any other public office.
A viral image suggesting Michelle Obama is running for public office in 2020 is fake.
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