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For some, the impeachment trial outcome is a foregone conclusion — that a majority of senators won’t vote to remove President Donald Trump from office. Perhaps, then, this Jan. 20 story shared on Facebook seems suspicious. The headline claims U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "If impeachment fails, I will resign immediately."
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The story, which appeared on a website called maga20.softfay.com and says Maga2020 News at the top of the page, says Pelosi gave the "startling and wholly unexpected statement today during an interview with Belgian magazine ‘Le Mensonge.’ "
Our French-speaking readers will know that means "lie."
Indeed, this story is fake. In December, another website — "Breaking News" — poached the same satirical story and reposted it without any hint to readers that the information was made-up. We rated that Pants on Fire.
Maga2020 likewise lacks any context indicating this isn’t real news.
We rate this post Pants on Fire.
Maga2020 News, Pelosi: ‘If impeachment fails, I will resign immediately,’ Jan. 20, 2020
Bustaroll.org, Pelosi: ‘If impeachment fails, I will resign immediately, visited, Jan. 24, 2020
PolitiFact, Hoax site falsely says Pelosi to resign if impeachment fails, Jan. 2, 2020
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