Fake: Donald Trump did not say this about Alec Baldwin

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A screenshot claiming to show a statement made by former U.S. president Donald Trump about the actor Alec Baldwin has been circulating online.

The ‘Save America’ masthead can be seen at the top of the image and the date Oct. 27, 2021, with text that reads: “A great President (me) once said ‘I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.’ Now Alec Baldwin, a total loser, has taken his impression of me to a new low by testing out his theory. Alec, you aren’t me! Now you’re going to prison, as you should have because of that terrible job you did on SNL (which I have hosted).”

Examples of the image on social media are viewable (here), (here), (here) and (here).
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The statement was not released on Trump’s official website. Reuters did not find any coverage of the statement.

No record of the statement can be seen on his official website (www.donaldjtrump.com/news). A web archived version of his website for October 28 (here) does not include a similar statement regarding Baldwin.

The statement circulating online was also not published on Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington’s Twitter account. Harrington regularly tweets official Trump statements (twitter.com/realLizUSA). A Twitter advanced searched did not reveal any tweet mentioning Alec Baldwin published by Harrington (here).

Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

VERDICT

False. Former U.S. president Donald Trump did not release a statement about Alec Baldwin on Oct. 27. The image was fabricated.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-trump-baldwin-statement-idUSL1N2RO2LE

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Did Trump Say Alec Baldwin Was ‘Going to Prison’ Over On-Set Shooting?

In October 2021, social media users shared screenshots of a purported statement in which the former president gloated to Baldwin, “Now you’re going to prison.”

Claim

In October 2021, former President Donald Trump published a statement in which he gloated over an on-set shooting incident involving the actor Alec Baldwin.

Rating

Unproven

Unproven About this rating

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