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A fake news article claims that Jared Kushner is missing after Hurricane Irma destroyed President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where Kushner was holed up during the storm.
"Mar-A-Lago Destroyed By Irma--Jared Kushner Still Missing," blares the headline from a website called "Freedumjunkshun."
In fact, Kushner, a White House senior adviser, was seen on the South Lawn of the White House at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a day after Irma moved across the Florida peninsula.
Attempts to contact the Trump Organization and Mar-a-Lago resort to inquire into any possible structural damage were unsuccessful. Multiple articles reveal that the Palm Beach resort and its surrounding area had been evacuated days before Irma reached Florida.
Freedumjunkshun is a self-avowed fake news website that hopes to dupe conservative readers into mistaking its dim-witted satire for truth.
"Here we gather a boatload of bullhonkey, works of pure satirical fiction, to give the fist-shakers of the world a reason to hate," its disclaimer reads. "Reality is often in the eye of the beholder. You won’t find any of it here."
Other elements of the story are also plainly absurd. The article claims President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, designed Mar-a-Lago himself, and constructed the building to be able to "withstand bunker-busting bombs," but not water damage.
We rate this Pants on Fire.
Freedumjunkshun, "Breaking: Mar-A-Lago Destroyed By Irma-Jared Kushner Still Missing"
Washington Post, "Post Politics Trump’s beachfront Mar-a-Lago Club ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma approaches," Sept. 8, 2017
Time, "Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Ordered to Evacuate Ahead of Hurricane Irma," Sept. 8, 2017
Salt Lake Tribune, "President Trump on 9/11: ‘America cannot be intimidated,’ " Sept. 11, 2017
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