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Gangster rapper Ice Cube joined other left-wing figures Wednesday in sharing fake news linking the now-terminated, disgraced Minneapolis police officer responsible for George Floyd’s suspected murder to President Donald Trump.
At 8:39 am Wednesday morning, he posted a tweet that contained a photo of the former cop, Derek Chauvin, juxtaposed next to a man wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat.
Cube captioned the tweet by writing, “A wolf in wolves clothing. The demons are among us. #Fightthecowards.”
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 27, 2020
The fake photo compilation was shared by others as well:
Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdered him, wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat, a clear sign that this piece of excrement should’ve been taken off the streets a long time ago.#JusticeForFloyd pic.twitter.com/KxGxHAIzlH
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 27, 2020
The insinuation was that Chauvin is a Trump supporter, and Trump supporters are white nationalists. But the entire tweet was fake news.
According to fact-checks by numerous organizations, including Snopes, the man pictured on the right wasn’t Chauvin but rather “professional troll” and ex-convict Jonathan Riches.
“He attended the Bill Cosby trial in September 2016 and offered Cosby Jell-O every time the rapist entered court,” HuffPost’s Luke O’Brien wrote last year in a profile of Riches.
“He turned up in Florida with gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as a Black Lives Matter demonstrator. A particularly successful ruse was posing as Muslim and attending political events. He did it at a Trump event in Manheim, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 1, 2016.”
He’s also known for filing thousands of frivolous lawsuits against everybody and everything, including but not limited to former President George W. Bush, pop star Britney Spears and “Adolf Hilter’s Nationalist Socialist Party.”
In short, he’s a clown, and there’s no legitimate link between him and either the disgraced former cop in Minneapolis or the president of the United States.
The man on the right isn’t Derek Chauvin. He isn’t a cop. He is Jonathan Lee Riches, a notorious con man, troll and prankster, not to mention the “world’s most litigious man.” Riches injects himself, indefensibly, into tragic news events, even if it means going to prison. https://t.co/Y66mXihrYB
— Luke O’Brien (@lukeobrien) May 27, 2020
In a statement to Snopes, Riches claimed even the photo of him was fake.
“Hat is fake. Photocopied / photoshopped for sure.. I wear MAGA hats […] People don’t like me because of my Trump political activism. In return they set up fake profiles of me, memes, fake screen shots etc,” he reportedly wrote.
“In return I re-post to my friends what these people do to me. Been doing it for years to me […] It’s my face in the photo. Someone doctored or edited [the hat] and spread it as if I am the cop. Now I’m being harassed.”
This claim has been disputed by counter-evidence.
“[A] second photograph of Riches in a ‘Make Whites Great Again’ was posted to a Facebook page in support of the two men charged in the killing of a black jogger in Georgia. Riches claimed that this image was posted by a ‘fake profile,'” Snopes reported.
“However, Riches shared a screenshot of this post to his Facebook page (which he has since deleted) and commented that he couldn’t believe “people can get so triggered by a red hat.” At that time, Riches made no mention that the hat was fake.”
Either way, Riches has no ties to Chauvin or Trump — a fact so incontrovertible that Twitter chose to add a fact-check to Cube’s still-up tweet:
It’s not clear why Cube’s tweet remained up as of Thursday morning. Because of his apparent refusal to remove it, the tweet had accrued thousands of negative responses, some of them from individuals as clearly far-left and anti-Trump as him.
Yo @icecube this is misinformation and incorrect.
You have to know this by now, so why keep it up?
It LITERALLY says “Manipulated Media” right underneath your tweet.
Let’s not spread more hatred and unnecessary violence. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/p3w7wLzRe8
— Yellow Red Sparks 🌕 (@yellowredsparks) May 28, 2020
Speaking of fake, that photo you posted of the cop in the “make whites great again hat” is fake.
A man of integrity would delete the tweet an apologize.
But of course, you have none.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 27, 2020
You’re a legend. This is fake. You should be less reckless. This hurts the narrative and gives racists and FOX News a lane.
— Produkt (@ProduKtJRG) May 27, 2020
Hey Ice Cube.. like your acting.. you gonna take this down and apologize? This has been debunked. It’s not the same guy. What happened to George Floyd is disgusting and I want to see this former cop face the music.. but, you posting this isn’t helping. Do the right thing.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) May 27, 2020
He’s a disgusting murderer but that ain’t him: https://t.co/Om9JEYVZMq
— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) May 27, 2020
You, with a platform your size, have a responsibility to be correct. This is not the same person. Both are scum but they are not the same man. Do not do more to stir racial tensions.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 27, 2020
In recent tweets, however, he indicated that he might be willing to support Trump, but only if the president were to bow to his radical demands.
Look (*Language warning):
One of them can break bread right now. Send Trump’s ass the bill and see if he’s willing pay up before the election. Reparations, housing, funding for HBCU, black business fund, health care, urban education, better prison reform, we need trillions. https://t.co/tDKU29pFS5
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 24, 2020
The photo compilation containing images of Chauvin and Riches wasn’t the only fake news to go viral Wednesday. So did another photo showing President Donald Trump on stage at a rally last October.
Is that Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis cop who choked #GeorgeFloyd to death on video in the front row of a Trump MAGA rally?
Did this murder “Make America great again?” pic.twitter.com/Xnu96Q3GDH
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) May 27, 2020
But according to multiple sources, the man pictured at the rally is not in fact Chauvin.
In a video posted last Wednesday, black conservative commentator David J. Harris Jr. asked “liberals that are blaming Donald Trump” for Chauvin’s actions to cut the crap.
**Warning for language**
To all the celebrities posting memes connecting the cop that killed George Floyd to President @realDonaldTrump…
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) May 28, 2020
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