Foreign Policy

He pretended to be Trump’s family. Then Trump fell for it.

Josiah Bruns, an engineer from Goffstown, NH, donated $ 100. With his donation he left a comment: “Uncle Rob Trump asked me too.”

Mr Bruns said in an interview that a QAnon message board led him to the Robert Trump account, which also promoted conspiracy theory. “We are trained on the Q Research Board to always question everything,” he said, adding that he used these lessons to verify the Robert Trump account. “I’m probably 65 percent sure it was real.”

After the Times told Mr Bruns that he had been deceived, he said he did not mind. In the future, he will use more research techniques learned from the QAnon movement to decipher what is really on the Internet. The web is a minefield of lies, he said, “especially if it’s something you want to believe in because those are the simplest lies to fall for.”

Robert Trump died in August. The news drew a review of the fake Robert Trump account, and some of his followers began to suspect that Mr. Hall was behind it, given the pattern of tweets between profiles. In response, Mr. Hall said on Twitter that the fake account was owned by “a close political friend of mine” who “knew nothing about Mr. Trump’s serious condition”.

He began posing as various Trump relatives, including Fred Trump III, the president’s nephew; Maryanne Trump Barry, the president’s sister and federal judge; and Barron Trump, the president’s teenage son.

“COVID is a scam,” he wrote on August 23 as Barron Trump, a fake account that drew more than 34,000 followers in eight days. On August 25, the account posted: “Q is real. The more the media delegitimize it, the more it shows that they are afraid. “

The Trump organization, which has spoken on behalf of Trump family members in the past, did not respond to requests for comment. The White House declined to comment.

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