Harmless fantasy or fake news? Facebook users pretend Trump won the election

Harmless fantasy or fake news? Facebook users pretend Trump won the election

NEW YORK -- Don't like the results of the recent Presidential election? Well, I've got a a website for you: Facebook, where thousands of heartbroken Trump supporters are living out a collective fantasy that the failed candidate and former reality TV star "is president" via social media.

Facts are facts: We were all there in November, when President Hillary Rodham Clinton whipped failed Republican candidate Donald Trump by over 3 million votes to become America's first woman president.

Yet legions of heartbroken Republican Facebook are insisting otherwise, apparently because they are unable to accept the results of the election. Indeed, like many grief-stricken Trump fans, Facebook user Wesley Rogers is in the habit of visiting mainstream journalistic outlets to complain about reporters covering Clinton's presidency, calling them, "Such sad little snowflakes that they have to create a fake world since they can not handle the real one. MAGA!! TRUMP WON snowflakes." 

To be fair, news organizations have always had to deal with crazies.

But is this latest generation of GOP trolls making the laughable claim that "Trump is president" just engaged in Internet hooliganism, or proof that fake news is ruining our society? 

Experts disagree, but they note some "Trump-is-president" fantasists appear to be more good-natured about their collective delusion than other. For instance Logan Norman wrote on one real news website, "I don't care if this is meant to be satire or serious... I support and voted for President Trump and maybe that's why this content is hilarious and entertaining to me."

 

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