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The headline quote attributed to Will Smith is both incomplete and made-up.
A headline generating interest on social media quotes actor Will Smith as saying, "I’m not afraid to say that Trump and his supporters are ba…"
The quote isn’t just incomplete. It’s also entirely made-up.
Posts sharing the headline were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
While the headline broadcasts a fake Smith quote, the text of the Trump Train Pro News story is a slightly altered representation of criticisms Smith lobbed at then-candidate Trump in 2016.
The Trump Train Pro News story lifts almost verbatim from an authentic news report published Aug. 3, 2016, by news.com.au, an Australian news outlet. The report features comments Smith made about Trump while promoting "Suicide Squad," a movie about supervillains.
According to the report, Smith said he hoped Trump wouldn’t win the 2016 election and condemned what he called a "separatist non-inclusive xenophobic, racist wave that is sweeping the globe." He said he had no tolerance for Trump’s comments about women and wondered why they didn’t seem to diminish Trump’s support.
"For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f------ insanity to me," Smith told news.com.au.
In the Trump Train Pro News story, that same quote — and others from Smith’s news.com.au interview — appears as though it was filtered through a thesaurus machine. The Trump Train Pro News version of Smith’s quote about Trump’s comments on women reads:
"Fоr a man tо hаvе the аbіlіtу tо ѕtrаіghtfоrwаrdlу intimate a wоmаn as a fаt ріg, thаt mаkеѕ me mіѕеrаblе. Lіkеwіѕе, fоr реорlе tо endorsement, thаt is аbѕоlutеlу f------frаntісnеѕѕ tо me."
We found no record that Smith made the statement spotlighted in the Trump Train Pro News headline, which isn’t referenced in the body of its story. Other fact-checkers debunked the same false headline when it appeared on another site.
Smith was critical of Trump throughout the promotional tour for the August 2016 film.
"As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk, and as embarrassing it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good," he said during another press event. "We get to hear it, we get to know who people are, and now we get to cleanse it out of our country."
The actor made similar remarks about "cleansing" racism from the United States during a "Tonight Show" interview that same month.
But there’s no proof that he said, "I’m not afraid to say that Trump and his supporters are ba…"
We rate this statement False.
Trump Train Pro News, "ACTOR WILL SMITH: ‘I’M NOT AFRAID TO SAY THAT TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS ARE Ba…" Feb. 9, 2020
News.com.au, "Will Smith really can’t stand Donald Trump," Aug. 3, 2016
Lead Stories, "Fake News: Actor Will Smith Did NOT Say: "I'm Not Afraid to Say That Trump And His Supporters are Ba..." Jan. 17, 2020
NBC News, "Will Smith May Be Auditioning for Real-Life Political Role," Aug. 10, 2016
Associated Press on YouTube, "Will Smith slams Trump," Aug. 8, 2016
The Guardian, "Will Smith on Trump supporters: 'It's collective insanity,'" Aug. 3, 2016
The Washington Post, "Trump makes Will Smith ‘teary,’ and not in a good way," Aug. 3, 2016
The Hill, "Will Smith: Trump ‘makes me teary,’" Aug. 2, 2016
Time, "Will Smith Doesn’t Understand How People Can Support Donald Trump," Aug. 2, 2016
The Grio, "Will Smith: ‘Racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed,’" Aug. 1, 2016
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