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- This story originated on a self-described satirical website.
The headline of a story on a web page titled "Washington News Press" claims that Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old climate activist from Sweden, has decided to go on a hunger strike until President Donald Trump is removed from office.
If the premise of that story doesn’t seem suspect, perhaps this quote, attributed to Thunberg, will help you reconsider: "This is what Ghandi (sic) did. I saw the movie. The balance of a human life will outweigh the ignorance and douchebaggery of Trump. I will subsist for as long as I need on the elements of the air and the nutrients of the spirits that flow from mother nature through the wind. My will to heal this world is strong."
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That’s because the supposed news story originated on bustatroll.org, a self-described satirical website. It was published on Dec. 19, 2019, with the labels "impeachment satire" and "warm fuzzy fan fiction."
The poached story that appears on "Washington News Press" has no such caveats, and as it gets shared widely on Facebook, users are missing that context.
Thunberg has not announced a hunger strike in protest of Trump.
We rate this post False.
Washington News Press, Greta going on hunger strike until Trump removed, visited May 4, 2020
Bustatroll.org, Greta going on hunger strike until Trump is removed, Dec. 19, 2019
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