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No, US president Trump didn’t call South Africa’s ANC ‘mob of old people’ on Twitter

“Can we all agree that the ANC is just a Mafia/mob of old people who only enrich specific families, friends, relatives, and their own families.” 

An Instagram post claims this was tweeted by US president Donald Trump

The post shows what appears to be a screenshot of a tweet from Trump’s verified Twitter account, published on 24 May 2020. The image is captioned: “What is Tonald saying??”

In the tweet, Trump appears to be criticising the African National Congress, or ANC, South Africa’s ruling party. 

“[The ANC] are just thugs who wanna be celebrities,” the tweet ends. 

The post has been viewed more than 69,000 times on Facebook.

Trump has commented on South Africa’s government before. In 2018, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans to begin the process of land expropriation without compensation. Trump then tweeted that he had asked his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.”.

Has Trump now criticised the ANC directly on Twitter? We checked. 



Tweet can’t be found


The tweet does not appear anywhere on Trump’s Twitter account. 

Factba.se is an AI powered database that stores every communication that comes from Trump’s social media accounts, interviews, and the White House. The tweet does not appear in their database of Trump’s current or deleted tweets. 

US President Donald Trump did not tweet that the ANC was a mob of old people. – Naledi Mashishi

 




 

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