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Fake ‘Washington Post’ placed around D.C. trolls Trump, claims he is leaving the White House

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a meeting of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial federal government shutdown entered its 12th day as Trump and House Democrats are at an impasse over funding for border security, including the president’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Fake news has reached a whole new level, with fake copies of The Washington Post popping up all over Washington, D.C. this morning. The print editions look shockingly similar to the real Washington Post. The most interesting part? They are filled with stories about President Donald Trump leaving office.

The front page of the paper has a (fake) story that many are hoping will actually come true. With the headline “Unpresidented,” the lead story alleges that Trump resigned from office by writing a note on a napkin while in the Oval Office. What brought this about? This (fake) story declares that “women-led protests” (hi, Women’s March) across the country finally broke him. 

He left, supposedly, to head to Yalta. 

The Post’s PR department released a statement on Twitter:

twitter-content=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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.</p>— Washington Post PR (@WashPostPR) <a href="https://twitter.com/WashPostPR/status/1085564733418283009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2019</a></blockquote>”>

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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

Who is behind this brilliantly executed satire? Nobody knows. Many are speculating that Code Pink, a liberal, women-initiated activist group, is behind it, as a video on Facebook shows Medea Benjamin, the group’s founder, passing out copies at an office building at Capitol Hill.




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