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Actor Kevin Bacon did not say "we are blessed" to have Donald Trump as president. That’s a made-up story resurfacing on social media.
An obscure website called Phoenix Post published a story Aug. 14 headlined, "VIDEO Kevin Bacon Saying ‘We Are Blessed To Have Donald Trump As Our President’."
But there’s no video of Bacon saying that. This story was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The false story has been around for months on other websites. Bacon in December 2017 tweeted a link to a Gossip Cop story debunking the narrative. "Wow. Thanks for clearing this up," Bacon wrote in the tweet.
Bacon went further in a separate December tweet, saying there was nothing about Trump’s policies "that I agree with. And nothing about his character that I admire."
Phoenix Post claimed Bacon’s praise for Trump came during an interview on ABC’s This Week. But the Gossip Cop story shared by Bacon noted that the actor hadn’t been on the ABC show since 2007.
The Phoenix Post’s headline explicitly says "Kevin Bacon," but the text of the story replaced his last name with "publisher 1st baron verulam," or "1st Baron Verulam" (apparently trying to reference a title given to the philosopher Francis Bacon).
Bacon did not say "we are blessed to have Donald Trump as our president." We rate that fabricated story as Pants on Fire!
Phoenix Post, VIDEO Kevin Bacon Saying ‘We Are Blessed To Have Donald Trump As Our President’, Aug. 14, 2018
Gossipcop.com, Kevin Bacon Did NOT Say "We Are Blessed To Have Donald Trump As President," Despite Report, Dec. 4, 2017
Brittanica.com, Francis Bacon
The Francis Bacon Research Trust, Bacon
TVGuide.com, Kevin Bacon
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