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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke January 12, 2023

No, this isn’t a video of Hillary Clinton getting arrested

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  • This video is from 2016 after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departed a 9/11 memorial ceremony early because she said she got overheated. It doesn’t show her getting arrested. 

John F. Kennedy Jr. died in 1999 when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. But a Facebook post newly drawing attention online suggests the late son of former President John F. Kennedy is alive, and he startled former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

"She collapsed when she saw JFK Jr. as she was being arrested!" reads the description of a video shared on Facebook in November 2021. "If u look closer u see the ankle bracelets too!"

The video shows Clinton stumbling into a van helped by people around her.

This post, which people were commenting on as recently as Jan. 12, was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

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The clip of Clinton is authentic; the claim that it shows her being arrested or startled by Kennedy is not. 

The video was taken in 2016, when the then-presidential candidate left a 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City early on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, after she fell ill, The Washington Post reported. She was flanked by several Secret Service agents "who are regulars on her detail," the Post said. A campaign spokesperson told the newspaper that Clinton got overheated. 

We rate claims that this video shows her getting arrested Pants on Fire!

RELATED: Another Clinton body count hoax — this one starring JFK Jr. — is wrong

Our Sources

Facebook post, Nov. 9, 2021

PolitiFact, Another Clinton body count hoax — this one starring JFK Jr. — is wrong, Nov. 8, 2019

The Washington Post, Bodies of Kennedy, Bessettes Brought to Shore, July 22, 1999

CNN, Remains of JFK Jr., wife and sister-in-law buried at sea, July 22, 1999

The New York Times, Safety board blames pilot error in crash in Kennedy plane, July 7, 2000

The New York Times, Bodies from Kennedy crash are found, July 22, 1999

The Washington Post, Clinton falls ill during 9/11 memorial service in New York, Sept. 11, 2016


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