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- Americans could receive a $1,000 check as part of an economic stimulus package that isn’t yet finalized.
- Donald Trump didn’t tweet that he would vet who gets the checks based on whether they support him.
There’s bipartisan support for a proposal to send American adults a check for $1,000 as part of an economic stimulus package to stave off a recession during the coronavirus pandemic. So it seems unlikely that Democrats would sign onto a deal that discriminates against, well, Democrats.
But an image being shared on social media makes it look like President Donald Trump is threatening just that.
"Yes, I ordered the Treasury secretary to send checks to Americans!" reads what looks like a tweet sent from Trump’s account on March 17. "First however, we will go through your social media history from the last 4 years and search for any post with #NotMyPresident in it. I wouldn’t think of offending you with a check if I’m not your president! #MAGA"
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Instagram post, March 17, 2020
The Washington Post, Americans are very likely to get $1,000 (or more) checks. Here’s what you need to know, March 17, 2020
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