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Calls for Virginia’s governor to resign after a blackface yearbook photo surfaced have fueled old allegations that Hillary Clinton is also guilty of such blatant racist behavior.
"The Democrats aren’t going to like this one!" read a Facebook post that was published Feb. 2. The picture, features a picture of what looks like a woman in blackface and a man wearing overalls and a straw hat. "The Clinton’s (sic) at a costume party many years ago."
"I’m very certain that Hillary would never want to let this picture go viral, there is young Bill, with Hillary in BLACKFACE," additional text beneath the photo says. "Lets (sic) make this go VIRAL, shall we?"
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This isn’t a new claim about Clinton, but we’re here to debunk it.
"This is allegedly, it claimed to be of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in blackface," CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota said in a 2016 interview with Burns. "This is not true. This has been disproven and debunked time and again. This has surfaced in previous presidential races. So why share it?"
"I didn’t have the correct information," said Burns, who also retweeted a doctored photo of Clinton with blond braids.
We further couldn’t find any credible, original source for this photo or corroborating evidence. And it doesn’t pass the smell test. The eyes of the woman in the photo we viewed appear to be brown, not blue, like Hillary Clinton’s. And while the man in the picture perhaps looks like former president Clinton, it’s only a passing resemblance.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Feb. 3, 2019
Imgur.com photo, June 21, 2016
Henry Castro tweet, Aug. 29, 2016
Politico, "Trump surrogate apologizes for Clinton blackface tweet," Aug. 30, 2016
The Daily Beast, "Trump pastor puts Hillary in blackface," undated
The New York Times, "Governor admits he was in racist yearbook photo," Feb. 1, 2019
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