FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump release this statement advising his supporters to boycott the midterm elections?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a statement by former President Donald Trump urging his supporters to boycott the upcoming midterm elections if his favorite candidates do not win their primary elections.

Verdict: False

The image is digitally fabricated. There is no record of Trump making such a statement.

Fact check:

Trump had endorsed more than 100 political candidates running in the upcoming midterm elections, according to Axios. Now an image shared on Facebook claims to show an April 27 statement from the former president encouraging his supporters not to vote in the next election if his favorite candidates do not win their primaries.

“If the tough, freedom-loving candidates I endorsed for Congress lose their primaries this summer, I urge all Great MAGA Patriots to BOYCOT the midterm elections in November,” the alleged statement read. . (RELATED: Did Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Send Those Tweets About Donald Trump’s Presidential Coins?)

The statement is made digitally. No such press release appears on Trump’s website. There are also no credible news reports on the alleged statement.

Liz Harrington, Trump spokesperson responded to Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid on April 29 Tweeter presenting the image by stating, “Oh look, they are spreading misinformation again. »

The image appears to be from the @HalfwayPost Twitter account, which Labels himself “dada journalism, satire and liberal comedy”. The account shared the image in a April 28 tweet which now has over 900 retweets.

Trump previously suggested in October 2021 that Republicans would not vote midterm or in the 2024 presidential election if the fraud he claims he had in the 2020 election was not “resolved”, according to Newsweek.

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