Friday, June 21, 2024

Donald Trump Posts Fake News Story to Facebook, Website About Delegate Court Decision


Are Donald Trump’s followers being fed a fake version of the news? Something is very wrong about how actual news is being disseminated on his Facebook page and website.

Today a federal judge ruled that delegates who committed to Donald Trump can leave him and choose another candidate. It’s pretty much all over the news. The judge is Senior United States District Judge Robert E. Payne. It’s RNC Rule 16 and the delegate involved is attorney Carroll “Beau” Correll Jr., who vowed never to vote for Trump. Now he won’t have to.

But on Donald Trump’s Facebook page and website, the campaign has posted a completely fictitious version of what happened. The headline in both places is “Federal Court Sides With Grassroots Activists: RNC Delegates Are Bound to Follow Election Results.”

NBC called the ruling “a victory for Correll.”

But according to Trump sites, Correll lost and delegates must remain with Trump. In the Trump version, Correll “was soundly defeated.”

The court wrote: This matter is before the Court following a bench trial on
(ECF No. 20) filed by Carroll Boston Correll, Jr. C’Correll”).
For the reasons, and to the extent, set forth below, judgment
including declaratory and injunctive relief will be entered for

For Correll, not against him. He was not soundly defeated at all. He won. Confusing, huh? What’s true? You can read the judge’s decision here:


Look at the court decision: “For the foregoing reasons, judgment will be entered in Correll’s favor on Counts I and II and the Commonwealth will be permanently enjoined from enforcing Va. Code ยง 24.2-545(0).”

Correll is no longer bound to vote for Trump, neither are the rest of the Republican Virginia delegates.

The “story” posted to Trump’s pages is fiction, written by his staff and purposely picks out phrases from the judge’s decision to suit their concocted work. Some of it is true– but it’s all out of context and rearranged to suit the Trump campaign’s new version of events. Maybe they think their followers simply won’t read the actual news.

I am totally baffled.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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