Yesterday a small Puerto Rican news site published a story in which Donald Trump is reported to have told a group of potential donors that, if elected president, he would revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone born in Puerto Rico.
Donald Trump eliminara la ciudadanía americana a los puertorriqueños de ser presidente – http://t.co/0IQTgjv9u1 pic.twitter.com/abJQTVDGEZ
— NoticiasPRTV (@Noticias_PRTV) August 21, 2015
The story was quickly shared by another Puerto Rican site.
Alegan Donald Trump quiere quitarle la ciudadanía americana a los puertorriqueños http://t.co/XYWClFd2Kl pic.twitter.com/uEj7IB73dv
— Tu Noticia PR (@TuNoticiaPR) August 21, 2015
Neither article quotes Trump directly, and the second article mentions “South American news media” without providing a link or naming which outlets in particular.
Unable to find other reports to corroborate the story, we decided not to run it.
POORLY REPORTED story from @Noticias_PRTV alleging Trump would remove US citizenship from PRicans. Not buying it. https://t.co/DrmyAgc7er
— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) August 21, 2015
We awoke this morning to find that Trump’s alleged statement has been picked up by other sites, even appearing in a Univision forum.
Now, it could be that Trump did actually say what he’s rumored to have said, but without at least a single confirmed source to back up the story, it’s merely rumor. Whether fact or fiction, the story is bad journalism, and bad journalism leads to the spread of bad information.
Plus, given the spotlight on Trump’s campaign at the moment, if this story were true, it would’ve been picked up by plenty of other news outlets. Puerto Ricans are peeved when they’re described as drug dealers, so a presidential candidate promising to revoke their citizenship would be major news—if the story were true.
With a ton of rumors and allegations presented as facts, people are fired up for the wrong reasons. The truth is you don’t have to put words in Trump’s mouth in order to outrage the public, because Trump already says outrageous stuff all by himself.
Then there’s the New York Times story in which a Trump supporter is quoted as saying:
Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill.’
A Trump supporter actually said that, and we can be relatively certain of it because it’s quoted directly by a proven news outlet—either whose reputation will be ruined or whose revenue would take a hit if it were discovered that they printed bad information. This is how critical readers try to discern the truth from lies.
Unfortunately, with 2016 fast approaching, we can expect more hearsay and outright lies passed along as news. People will be looking to spur hatred against the party they disagree with, so we haven’t seen the last of these trumped-up stories.
I KNOW WHERE MY VOTE IS GOING!!!! And it sure as hell IS not for DONALD DUCK !!!!
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2019 going into 2020 TRUMP in On Fire more than ever because he knows that the average American do not want a Socialist-Communist and a pro-radical-Islamic controlled country like Obama, Hillary or Communist Bernie Sanders wanted it to be.
People I am 100% puertorican I’ve been in the states for 10 years and my question is what us puertorican have to do with crimes when they’re is crimes everywhere. They’re is alot of good puertorican and bad puertorican. Why does trump not like puertorican what have done to him that he doesn’t like about us?!
Deverdad que la gente esta desorientada Aqui los noticieros y Los siverneticos cortan y une videos como todos saben 1917 Puerto Rico fue Parte de Los Estados unidos ciudadanos segunda classe por lo Tanto los republicanos y Donald Trump saven que es inposible quitarnos la ciudadanias Repito Es Inposible. ..El Problema Aqui es Que Mucha Gente envidian al Puertoriqueños, por que no nesesitamos Tarjeta Verde para estar en Los estados Unidos y ellos Que Cuando Hablan Mal de un puertoriqueños Aqui es los Estados Unidos especial mente En el Estado De New York se forma El Problemon so por favor no crean Nada Hasta que Hustedes mismo lo hoigan …Mucha gente nos envidian saben que nosotros los Puertoriqueños no Le comemos LA Mierda a Nadie y Quieren que nos salgamos de Control Para Ser Parte Del Problema…a un que Donald Trump hiso Mal de hablar Mal de Los Mexicanos Aqui en este Pais Los Blanquitos son violadores y Traficantes criminales…
andres15 It’s a hoax. Not true.
DorisMaldonado It came from Al Sharpton Trump had nothing to do with it. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/18/al-sharpton-doesnt-think-puerto-ricans-are-american-citizens/
Para los boricuas que dice que propoganda no te quejes despues cuando tienes que regresar ala isla y no puedes entrar en los estados unidos y te pasa por creerte Americano.
Donald Trump is from New York. He is direct ask any New York? . If he says these things he means it. He is a bigot and doesn’t give a dam about any one but himself. If you are Puerto Rican and you vote for him. You better not cry or complain later that you no longer have your citzenship you ask for it because at one point you actually thought you were American. Puerto Rico is not a state they have no obligation with us none .
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Donald Trump probably has all the money un the world but Is a moron.
This is a lie…even snopes will tell you so.
i know a rapper …he rapper a little boy…and he was white male born in US…so not only lantio rapper kill and robby…so do white poeple like donald tump…okay
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