House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently drew the ire of some Facebook users as they reacted to a headline claiming she was tapping Social Security funds for the impeachment inquiry.
"Pelosi diverts $2.4 billion from Social Security to cover impeachment costs," reads the headline in a screenshot published on Facebook on Oct. 9. A banner below the headline and above Pelosi’s photo says, "This can’t be allowed!" and it features this web address: potatriotsunite.com.
"Leave our money alone," someone wrote in comments, calling Pelosi a derogatory name.
"Stop right there you old thief," another user said.
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What’s unclear from the post is that potatriotsunite.com is a website "for satire, ridicule and mockery," according to its logo. Scroll to the bottom of the page where this fake story about Pelosi appears and you’ll find "Copyright 1776-2906 - Paid Liberal Trolls of America."
The article, tagged as "satire that makes you horny, the continuing saga of Nancy Pelosi’s fictional alcoholism," and quotes the speaker as saying: "Well most of Trump’s voters and supporters are retired seniors. I think it’s fitting that we ask them to help pay to fix the mistake they made. They’ll just have to do without cable for a year or two. Okay? Now excuse me, I have to meet up with my liquor boy."
We searched for *real* news coverage of Pelosi diverting Social Security money for the impeachment inquiry, but none exists.
We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire!