Where Are These Trump Voters Getting Their Fake News? They Aren’t Sure (Video)

Itay Hod
The Wrap
Where Are These Trump Voters Getting Their Fake News? They Aren’t Sure (Video)

Where do people get fake news? Not CNN, says CNN. A segment in which the network’s Alisyn Camerota traces some Trump voters’ misinformation to Fox Business News is burning up social media.

On Thursday, Camerota conducted a panel discussion with Trump voters in which one, Paula Johnson, insisted that 3 million people voted illegally in California.

“Voting is a privilege in this country. And you need to be legal, not like California where 3 million illegals voted,” Johnson said.

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Camerota asked her where she got her information.

“From the media. Where else would we get it?” said Johnson. “Some of it was CNN, I believe.”

(It wasn’t. The 3 million figure came from a random guy on Twitter who declined to cite a source when CNN pressed him on where he got the number.)

Johnson then said illegal immigrants were caught voting illegally in Nashua, N.H., and said, “The president said I could vote. I’m here illegally.” She provided no citation for that quote, but added that President Obama had told people in the U.S. illegally that they could vote.

(The Washington Post found that there was no actual illegal voting in Nashua.)

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Another panelist agreed that Obama had said people could vote illegally: “Google it,” she said.

So Camerota did.

“I see where it came from and it’s — Fox Business Network deceptively edited a clip of Barack Obama to argue that the president encouraged illegal immigrants to vote when in fact he said nothing of the sort when you go back to the transcript,” said Camerota, reading this Mediaite story.

Fox Business edited an interview Obama did with “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez on the YouTube channel mitú, right before the election, to make him sound like he was OK with millions of undocumented immigrants rushing to California’s voting booths.

Fox Business News’ Stuart Varney said in introducing the edited clip that “appears to encourage illegals to vote, and he promises no repercussions if they do.”

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But that’s not what he said. Here’s the actual transcript of the interview:

RODRIGUEZ: Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens — and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?

OBAMA: Not true. And the reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself. And there is not a situation where the voting rolls somehow are transferred over and people start investigating, etc. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for. If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.

But here’s how Fox edited the clip:

RODRIGUEZ: Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens — and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?

OBAMA: Not true. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential.

Fox Business News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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