Claim: President Trump refused to provide federal help or funds to the state of California after the Oroville damn spill.
Originated from: Sacramento Dispatch
Date(s) active: Feb 2017
Claims are circulating that President Donald Trump denied the state of California federal aid after the Oroville damn spill that saw water surge over a spillway in February 2017 resulting in a mass evacuation of the area. The claims link back to an article on Sacramento Dispatch, which claims Governer Jerry Brown’s request was denied by Trump on grounds that the state harbours too many illegal immigrants and supported Hilliary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
The article reads in part –
A high ranking unnamed source, who spoke with the Dispatch on the condition of anonymity, has confirmed that President Trump has denied the request on grounds that California, and the city of Sacramento in particular, have failed to enforce federal immigration laws and have threatened to succeed from the Union. The source is quoted as saying:
“The President has no incentive in helping the state of California. The state harbors more illegal immigrants than any other state and has multiple sanctuary cities that violate federal laws. The state very publicly supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election and the President views the state as being responsible for his loss in the popular vote, something he has had trouble with accepting. They have also recently threatened to leave the Union through their #CalExit campaign, and the President sees this as an opportunity to let them deal with the consequences of their exit. There is a sickness within the liberals in this country that they are not willing to address. Until they understand what ails them can they hope to find the cure. This is a step in the right direction in finding the #CureForWellness. “
President Trump himself has not yet weighed in on the issue. The state is looking forward to a response from the Twitterer-In-Chief at any moment.
The story does not appear to be legitimate. The article rests its entire premise on an unnamed source, not an officially recognised response from Trump, and no media outlets are reporting on this story.
Regardless of that, however, it appears that the site that originally published the article – The Sacramento Dispatch – is a fake news website that prints fabricated stories with the aim of tricking visitors into believing they are true.
Despite its claim in its footer that it’s the “oldest and most trusted news source” in Sacramento, the site was registered in January 2017 according to its public WHOIS information and its format and About section reveal that the website is actually a part of a network of many other fake news websites posing as legitimate media outlets. Other sites in that network – including NY Morning Post and the Denver Guardian – all publish the same stories and also claim they are their respective regions “oldest and most trusted news source“.
Other stories on the site have been copied and pasted from other fake sites with only minor details changed to make them fit with the Sacramento locale. Many of these stories also appear to be fake.
This site is another reflection on how difficult it can be in the current climate to determine between fake and genuine news. The site has no disclaimers that “out” the site as being fake. It has been clearly designed to spread falsehoods which ultimately net the authors with money in advertising revenue.
Do not circulate stories published by the Sacramento Dispatch. It is a fake news site.