Contrary to what you might have heard, President Donald Trump has not stepped down, despite headlines of fake copies of The Washington Post proclaiming otherwise.
The publication, dated May 1, 2019, stated: “UNPRESIDENTED: Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis.” A fake website included such headlines as “Celebrations break out worldwide as Trump era ends” and “From #MeToo to ‘You’re Fired.”
People wish it was real.
In today’s aspirational news. https://t.co/ogMamj4PP5
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) January 16, 2019
— Jon Scott (@jscottnh) January 16, 2019
— Ed Hall (@Buxley_Hall) January 16, 2019
Its existence prompted many to speak out and contact the Post‘s offices:
Friend of mine said she was handed a FAKE @washingtonpost paper at Union Station this morning. Dated May 1, 2019. Said it was printed on real paper stock. Someone spent some coin producing this. pic.twitter.com/dDPWANm3U3
— Van Applegate (@vbagate) January 16, 2019
.@washingtonpost you might want to deal with the lady handing out fake copies of the Post outside Union Station. I tried to explain why this is problematic but she wasn’t having it. pic.twitter.com/pjohcCFSx7
— Ian Kullgren (@IanKullgren) January 16, 2019
— Andrew Ba Tran (@abtran) January 16, 2019
Actual #FakeNews being spread around D.C. today. People handing out these fake @washingtonpost papers justify it by pointing to the date on the papers. They say they’re allowed to dream. pic.twitter.com/xY0eyD98pl
— Mark Irons (@MarkIronsMedia) January 16, 2019
The fake publication was also accompanied by a fake email blast:
— PoPville (@PoPville) January 16, 2019
The Washington Post‘s PR account said its staff is “looking into” the fake newspaper.
There are fake print editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The Post’s. They are not Post products, and we are looking into this.
— Washington Post PR (@WashPostPR) January 16, 2019
The Yes Men, a group which identifies itself as a “trickster activist collective,” took credit for producing the paper along with writer Onnesha Roychoudhuri and author L.A. Kauffman.
“The story this paper tells is more reasonable than our current reality,” Roychoudhuri said in a statement on the site. “And it’s anything but far-fetched. We’re already seeing unprecedented levels of protest and resistance. Now we just need to ask ourselves: What’s next? This paper offers a blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy.”