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The discovery of cocaine, pornography and evidence of child trafficking found in any elected official’s vehicle would draw, at the least, local media attention. But finding such a cache in the car of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer? Widespread, national news coverage.
And yet, no such headlines exist beyond one that originated on a website that publishes fabricated stories.
"Cocaine, porn, evidence of child trafficking found in Whitmer’s car," reads a June 1 headline shared in a recent TikTok post.
The byline visible in the post — Michael Baxter — is a pseudonym for the author of the site Real Raw News, which has recently run unfounded stories claiming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky was hanged, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was executed, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was executed. Its "About Us" page features a disclaimer saying the site contains "humor, parody and satire."
The story about Whitmer cites an anonymous source and alleges that U.S. Marines "forensically examined" her vehicle and found "pornography, illegal narcotics and an iPad holding a ledger of names and ages of children who appear on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s private database."
The story goes on to claim that the Marines arrested Whitmer.
The U.S. Marine Corps did not immediately respond to PolitiFact’s questions about these claims.
However, there are no credible news reports or press releases about such an arrest. No criminal charges appear against Whitmer in PACER, a database of federal court records. And the governor appears to be living her life unaffected by the supposed political and legal scandal described by Real Raw News.
We rate this post Pants on Fire!
TikTok post, June 3, 2023
Gretchen Whitmer tweet, June 9, 2023
Michigan Advance, Whitmer signs legislation to curb distracted driving in Michigan, June 7, 2023
PACER search, June 9, 2023
PolitiFact, Website claiming Trump thwarted deep state blackout is known for publishing fabricated stories, June 8, 2023
Real Raw News, Cocaine, Porn, Evidence of Child Trafficking Found in Whitmer’s Car, June 1, 2023
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