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.
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 heartbroken Republican Facebook users like Wesley Rogers insist otherwise, apparently unable to accept the results of the election. Indeed, Rogers is in the habit of visiting mainstream journalistic outlets covering Clinton's presidency to complain that the reporters are, "Such sad little snowflakes that they have to create a fake world since they can not handle the real one. MAGA!! TRUMP WON snowflakes."
News organizations have always had to deal with crazies.
But is this latest onslaught of trolls laughably claiming that "Trump is President" a sophisticated campaign of gaslighting, or an example of fake news run amok?
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."