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An image appears to show a tweet issued by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It’s fake, posted by a now-defunct fake-tweet generator.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t much care for the policies of President Donald Trump.
But despite an image you might have seen shared on Facebook, the California Democrat did not issue a tweet saying she was disgusted with Trump over taxes.
The tweet attributed to her reads:
"I am disgusted with ‘President’ Trump allowing people to keep more of the money they earn. It is this type of wide spread theft of public resources that keeps America from being great ‘Mr. President.’"
The image 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 supposed tweet is dated Dec. 20, 2017. That’s the day Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill that Trump signed into law a few days later. Pelosi opposed the measure and Democrats criticized it as favoring the rich.
While the blue-checked Twitter handle that appears in the image (@NancyPelosi) might seem legitimate, her actual Twitter account handle is @SpeakerPelosi. What’s more, she uses a different photo for her Twitter account than the one we see in this Facebook image.
A Pelosi spokesman called the supposed tweet "fiction."
He’s right. It was outed as fake long ago.
It has also been debunked by the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner.
An image shared on Facebook that appears to be a tweet from Pelosi saying she is disgusted with Trump over tax breaks was posted by a now-defunct fake-tweet generator.
We rate the image False.
Facebook, post, April 1, 2020
Email, Nancy Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill, April 20, 2020
FactCheck.org, "Fake Pelosi Tweet Pops Up Again," Oct. 3, 2018
Snopes, "Did Nancy Pelosi Tweet That She Is ‘Disgusted’ with ‘President’ Trump?," Dec. 29, 2017
WayBackMachine, Tweeterino Nancy Pelosi Dec. 20, 2017, fake tweet, accessed April 18, 2020
Washington Examiner, "Fact Check: Was Pelosi ‘Disgusted’ by ‘Trump Allowing People to Keep More of the Money They Earn’?," Nov. 8, 2018
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