NEW YORK, U.S. - Brace yourself as we make one of the most imperative revelation of the century - DONALD TRUMP IS A PAKISTANI. No. We’re not saying that, the statement, that is ...
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NEW YORK, U.S. - Brace yourself as we make one of the most imperative revelation of the century - DONALD TRUMP IS A PAKISTANI.
No. We’re not saying that, the statement, that is sure to go down in the history of journalism, was made by a Pakistani TV channel.
With the words ‘fake news’ thrown around in the media so often over the last week and everyone from the mainstream media to local unheard of media houses defending themselves against the massive global backlash - here comes another piece of news that toppled the world of the web upside down, making each drop of sanity drop out and fall dead.
This controversy (more like a non-troversy) found its roots in Donald Trump’s declaration during his election campaigns - when he said that he “loves Pakistan.”
That’s all it took for a certain media house in Pakistan to dig deeper - then months later, Donald Trump becomes the most powerful man in the world, the soon-to-be President of the United States of America - and lo and behold his history is revealed to the world.
Obviously debunked by a number of sources - the Urdu-language broadcaster, Neo News said that America’s 45th President was actually born in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region and was called Dawood Ibrahim Khan before his parents died. He was, apparently, then adopted by Americans.
The media house released a video report with a photo of a young boy wearing traditional Pakistani clothes, which it claimed was the American business tycoon.
The photo went viral on the social media and the story was picked up by any online site that understands the words ‘SEO’ and within minutes - the photos of the smiling young boy was plastered across websites, newspapers and social media groups and pages.
The photo that was released by Neo News carried a sensational headline - “Believe it or not, presidential candidate Donald Trump was born in Pakistan and not in America.”
As rumor mills started churning, experts with information about Trump’s long lost history were born and the piece, along with the photo became one of the most bizarre election-related news report with its credibility, along with that of its creators began clocking in reverse.
Some said there was a stark resemblance and that Trump would have looked exactly similar in his childhood, while others said that Donald Trump didn’t enter the United States until 1995.
Some even circulated the image of the young boy with several details, stating “Donald Trump was born in a Muslim family in Shawal Vally North Warziristan on June 14, 1946, original name was Dawood Ibrahim Khan, he studied in a Madrassa in South Waziristan. His parents were killed in an accident in 1954, Capt. Stockdale a retired British Indiana army officer brought him to England in 1955 and later a couple from Queens, NY by the name of Fred and Mary Trump adopted him and called him Donald. We should demand a Birth Certificate and his DNA.”
A barrage of memes, several hundred thousands of tweets later, the photo is still in circulation.
One user tweeted, “Neo says Donald Trump was born in Pakistan. Hilarious package from these guys. Priceless. Not sure why they'd want to claim him. Haha.”
Another one joked, “LMFAAOOOO IM DONE. My dad just said that Trump was born in Waziristan, Pakistan and that Obama worked in Gujranwala.”
Incidentally, it was Trump who made similar accusations against Barack Obama many months back, which some users defined as Karma coming back to haunt him for raking up the birther controversy.
Trump had criticised Obama for not being an America in a tweet in 2012, where he said, “An extremely ‘credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”
Meanwhile, Snopes is said to have clarified the story on Trump, claiming that it was a hoax and that the image had been circulating online since the year 2012, when it was posted to the Tumblr “Afghanistan in Photos,” and Pulitzer-winner Massoud Hossaini was credited as the photographer.
The site, however, stated that the photograph wasn’t attached to Trump’s name until recently.
Meanwhile, Trump’s childhood photos on his official Instagram account and his birth certificate, which he released in 2013 after a social media spat with comedian Bill Maher, proves that he was in fact born in New York.
The Pakistani media outlet is sure to be disappointed with this evidence, unless it releases another report about a place called ‘New York’ in Pakistan!