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The next celebrity to fall victim to an Internet hoax claiming they’ve revealed their support for President Donald Trump is actor Bruce Willis.
"Hollywood actor Bruce Willis: ‘Trump is the best U.S. president ever, anyone who dislikes him should move to..." read the headline on Global Headlines, a site pushing sensationalized stories.
Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network’s efforts to combat misinformation.
The story claims that Willis called Trump the "best U.S. president ever" and that anyone who doesn’t like him should move to Canada.
The story revisits an interview Willis did with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in 2015. But it doesn't make the story more credible.
Willis joked with Fallon suggesting that his natural hair looked a lot like Trump’s, poking fun at the idea. Photos then circulated of Willis wearing the signature "Make America Great Again" hat on the show, leading to a stream of stories claiming Willis was a Trump supporter.
The image even caught the attention of Trump, who tweeted that Willis was wearing his hat on the Tonight Show.
In reality, Fallon never asked if Willis supported Trump, and Willis never expressed support for Trump as a candidate.
The Global Headlines article also says Willis is conservative. Willis has shown mixed political leanings. In 2007, he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he has just as many liberal ideas as he does conservative.
When looking up the quotes credited to Willis in the article, we found no credible sources that proved them to be real.
We rate this Pants on Fire.
The Global Headlines, "Hollywood actor Bruce Willis: ‘Trump is the best US president ever, anyone who dislikes him should move to..." March 30, 2018
Donald Trump, twitter
Fox News, Bruce Willis under fire for not being a liberal guy, June 28, 2007
BuzzFeed, This fake news about Bruce Willis supporting Trump just won’t go away, Nov. 28, 2017
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