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Virginia GOP shares fake ‘Rosa Parks’ daughter’ story on Facebook

A screenshot of “fake news” shared by the Republican Party of Virginia. (Note: The image has been altered to block out the identify of the person who captured the screenshot.)
Score one for “fake news.”

The Republican Party of Virginia on Sunday shared some clear-as-day “fake news” on Facebook.

In a post, the RPV wrote: “Liberals love to call Donald Trump a racist, but know who doesn't think that? The daughter of legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks.”

The problem? Rosa Parks did not have a daughter – or any children, for that matter.

The RPV linked to a fabricated story from ourlandofthefree.com headlined “Rosa Parks’ Daughter Praises Trump’s Response to Charlottesville.” A picture accompanying the fictional article -- apparently supposed to be Parks' non-existent daughter -- shows Nina Turner, a former state senator from Ohio.

“It was not RPV staff,” Republican Party of Virginia spokesman David D'Onofrio told the Times-Mirror Monday, referring to the volunteer who posted the link. D'Onofrio added that the post was quickly taken down.

“It was an outside volunteer, and the process broke down.”

A screenshot of the post taken 13 minutes after it was shared showed the post had received 140 likes and 40 “shares.”

D'Onofrio said the RPV takes the issue of fake, propaganda-style news and its proliferation seriously, and they have a “due diligence” process to verify what is shared. In this case, that process broke down due to the volunteer's posting, he said.

The phrase “fake news” has been popularized during the Donald Trump era in American politics, with the president regularly tagging negative stories about his administration as such.

On Sunday, as President Trump was preparing to return to Washington after a getaway to his New Jersey golf club, he tweeted, “Working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever seen!”


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What happen to the day when we had slicker race baiters like Lee Atwater and his likes.  These boys just lack the ability to light a cross and make it look a natural occurrence. John Whitbeck get yourself some better henchmen.


Tough week for D’Onofrio. The RPV just had to take down tweets (and apologize for them) after attacking Ralph Northam for turning “his back on his own family’s heritage” by supporting the removal of Confederate Monuments…because Northam’s relatives included slave owners. Which is weird, cuz I thought those monuments were about the mighty, mighty South…not slavery.


Dave Donofrio was the flack for the Loudoun Hounds.  Remember that failed venture?  RPV would be wise to replace him.


One would think that someone with the stature of D’Onofrio would check it out first, he is just like Fox news.


Did you hear the leader of the Boy Scouts called Trump to congratulate him on the best speech ever to the Boy Scouts, and The President of Mexico called to thank Trump for the border crackdown?  As we all know, Trump has the largest vineyard in this country right here in Virginia, and people were throwing acid on the neo-nazis in Charlottesville, so, everyone is responsible.  Did you see the largest inauguration ever last January?  Obamacare is failing, Lemunyon is a centrist,  Dick Black is good for Virginia, and Climate change is not real.  This message is brought to you by the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). Had to get a Nixon reference in there.
Oh, last week the FBI delivered subpoenas to Trump Tower.  One of the charges involves the Trump Modeling Co. and moving around underage girls.  Is this a piece a fake news?  Let’s see in a couple of months. 


Did you hear the leader of the Boy Scouts called Trump to congratulate him on the best speech ever to the Boy Scouts, and The President of Mexico called to thank Trump for the border crackdown.  As we all know, Trump has the largest vineyard in this country right here in Virginia, and people were throwing acid on the neo-nazis in Charlottesville, so, everyone is responsible.  Did you see the largest inauguration ever last January?  Obamacare is failing, Lemunyon is a centrist,  Dick Black is good for Virginia, and Climate change is not real.  This message is brought to you by the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). Had to get a Nixon reference in there.


And Frederick Douglass is still doing an outstanding job.  He’s a fantastic guy and I think we’re going to see some really great things from him soon.


Original site has this on their “About Us” page:

Ourlandofthefree.com makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality. All posts should be considered satirical and all images photoshopped to look like something they’re not. It’s not you, it’s me.


Trump is one of the greatest leaders we have ever had—in Fake News.  Real world? Quite the opposite.  An empty man with no core at all.


This is fake news about fake news.


D’Onofrio said the RPV takes the issue of fake, propaganda-style news and its proliferation seriously…and are committed to continuing to do it as often as possible because it’s been awesome for their elections lately.


The GOP is a parody of itself. Trump doesn’t help.

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