A website called RealTimePolitics posted a deceptive headline saying First Lady Melania Trump made a “shocking” announcement to her husband, President Donald Trump.
“Melania Just Hit Donald Trump With Shocking Announcement He Never Saw Coming,” said a realtimepolitics.com headline that failed to deliver.
The story is a mixture of gossip and opinion with references to tweets and events related to the Trumps, but does not mention or reveal a “shocking announcement” from Melania Trump. The misleading headline capitalizes on rumors about the couple’s dynamic to trick people into clicking the link.
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“Donald does his best to play nice with his wife when the cameras are rolling, but everyone knows that his marriage is on the rocks and that their marriage essentially enslaves Melania,” said the May 6 story on realtimepolitics.com.
The post claimed that Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, “threw the nation a major curveball when he contradicted the president’s story in an interview with Fox News,” and that Giuliani “tried to clean up the mess by claiming that Donald was only trying to protect his marriage by burying the false allegations against him.”
Realtimepolitics.com, which likely is hoping to confuse people with the legitimate website realclearpolitics.com, alludes to remarks Giuliani made on May 2 and May 3 interviews, which PolitiFact looked into, exploring whether a $130,000 payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels was a campaign expenditure. (Here’s a timeline of Trump’s explanations for the Stormy Daniels payment.)
“Will Melania resist being seen with Donald publicly as she did after the first time Donald’s affair with Daniels stole headlines?” said the realtimepolitics.com post. “What is your reaction?”
Realtimepolitics.com’s headline is false, pure click-bait and completely misleading. We rate it Pants on Fire!