If you’re the type to stay tuned to current events, you may have heard about the protests and riots in France right now. While a problem in their own right, the situation has now highlighted how our own government leader might not be trusted to share honest information. President Trump recently shared false claims of socialism and “Trump chanting” in France.
It began with a tweet by Charlie Kirk, a conservative political activist with a preference for Trump and a large following. His tweet implies socialism in France is the source of the riots, that American economy is doing amazingly, and that French protesters are chanting “we want Trump” in the streets. Trump himself would later retweet this post, sharing it on the presidential Twitter account.
“There are riots in socialist France because of radical leftist fuel taxes
Media barely mentioning this
America is booming, Europe is burning
They want to cover up the middle-class rebellion against cultural Marxism
“We want Trump” being chanted through the streets of Paris”
The problem? None of this is actually true. The problems in France began when French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new gas tax, increasing prices by about 30 cents a gallon, with expectations for a greater rise. Since gas prices are already around $7 a gallon there, this created public tension.
The riots began when Marcon didn’t use that tax to support public endeavors, but the exact opposite. He’s been cutting social welfare program funds while reducing labor protection laws. The riots are about Marcon’s abuse over the French economy, hurting citizens while aiding large businesses, not about socialism.
As for the chanting, that’s also false. Kirk is presumably referencing a video that spread when a group of UK citizens were chanting the phrase as a man in a Trump mask danced on top of a bus. This is not part of the French riots. It was most likely just a crowd of Brits being silly, given the circumstances.
What This Means for Us
Trump sharing this information on the official presidential Twitter has large implications regarding the trustworthiness of what information our government is sharing with us. It’s an example of a clearly false spread of misinformation, or “fake news.” If Trump is willing to lie to us about foreign protests, what else are they lying about?
Lying to the public is one of the first traits of a totalitarian rule. Propaganda becomes law and before you know it, America has become a second-world country. When a SHTF event occurs, we might not be able to trust our government to aid us, or even to be honest to us.
Be wary of what you hear, preppers.