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Wed Jul 10, 2019, 10:54 AM

Ross Perot bequeathed $100 million to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump. *FALSE*

A notorious producer of junk news and misinformation capitalized on the death of former presidential candidate Ross Perot in July 2019, publishing a report that the billionaire businessman had left orders to donate $100 million of his fortune to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump.

Ross Perot’s will explicitly instructs his 11 children to donate $9 million each to the Trump 2020 campaign. All 11 of them, Billy, Bobby, Lou, Kieth, Brenda, Gwen, Danny, Linda, Barb, Mary, Lorraine, and Joe, agreed immediately. The funds will be transferred by the end of the day tomorrow.

Perot’s family says he was an avid Trump supporter and wanted the Trump agenda to move forward. His spokesman for the past 37 years, Art Tubolls, told us that Mr. Perot was aligned with the President’s ideals:

“Ross was an opportunist, so when he saw the death of Democracy happening, he immediately backed Trump. In the end, should society break down, it’s going to take a lot of money and power to keep the peace. Trump has some, sure, but families like the Perots will prosper in the New World Order.”


A few clear signs indicated that the content of the article was fabricated. First, the source was PotatriotsUnite.com, which is part of a network of websites and social media accounts run by Christopher Blair, who produces a high volume of junk news and misinformation, much of it inflammatory, which he presents as “satire.”

Furthermore, the article contained some blatantly inaccurate details: Perot had five children, not 11, and their names were Carolyn, Suzanne, Nancy, Katherine, and Ross Jr. The references to the “death of Democracy” and “New World Order,” attributed to a Perot spokesman, are outlandish and implausible enough to raise a red flag.

The article’s true nature is confirmed by the use of the name “Art Tubolls,” given here to Perot’s “spokesman for the past 37 years.” That name is in fact a moniker used by Blair in multiple articles, and an anagram of “Busta Troll,” one of Blair’s favorite online aliases.

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Reply Ross Perot bequeathed $100 million to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump. *FALSE* (Original post)
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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:05 AM

1. it is plausible, though

perot and his reform party are proto tea partiers and they, of course, evolved into the trump cult.

trump ran for the reform party nomination in 2000. I think pat buchanon beat him at that one.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 11:27 AM

2. It's possible. It's also possible the man loathed Trump.

Haven't seen much verifiable evidence either way.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 01:23 PM

4. The Perot segment last night on VICE News Tonight drew a clear line between his 1992 campaign and

Trump 2016. Although, they noted, Trump added xenophobia, white nationalism and unashamed lying to capture his crowds.

But on financial/fiscal matters, they were quite similar.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:39 PM

3. For All Perot's Flaws, He Was A Genuine Successful Businessman

I can't imagine that he felt anything but contempt for the pumpkinhead poseur.

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Response to smb (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:39 PM

5. Maybe not

I've heard stories (admittedly, nothing more than that) that when he was selling IBM's big computers, he connived to have other people's sales listed as his, so that he got the commissions instead of the ones who deserved them.

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Response to smb (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:40 PM

7. Then why did he donate the maximum allowed to him? NT

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:40 PM

6. This is the first I've heard of it.

I must be ignoring all the right "news" sources.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:49 PM

8. Aw, geez.

Now I have to dislike Ross Perot for one of his myriad other imminently detestable qualities.

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