Reports that Chelsea Clinton was “thrown to the floor” and handcuffed after a U.S. senator confessed to corruption within the Clinton Foundation are false. The former first daughter has not been arrested—the fake story stemmed from a satire site.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for publishing fake news and political satire. The article claimed that Clinton was arrested after Senator Hal Lindsay confessed to corruption within the Clinton Foundation. It purported:
Chelsea Clinton went down in a blaze of glory at the International Seaport in Cheyenne, France today when Interpol agents approached her to place her in custody for extradition to the United States. Clinton, who has been the head of the family foundation for some time now, was furious to find out that her parents openly used the cargo ships and planes that were supposed to be vessels of charity, for worldwide drug smuggling, the black market, human trafficking and even to transport terrorists.
With the arrest and confession of New Jersey Senator Hal Lindsay, tying the ships and foundation to drugs on a billion dollar scale, things have obviously gotten tense for poor Chelsea, whose name was on the ship that was raided in Baltimore that started this whole mess
There is, however, no truth to the claims in the article. Lindsay does not exist outside of hoax articles. Additionally, the photos used in the article are in no way connected to Clinton or the Clinton Foundation—the preview image actually shows a jogger getting arrested in Texas and the photo of the “Clinton Foundation ship” that was purportedly raided was actually published in 2010 by the Maryland Port Administration in a press release about a regular service container ship’s visit to the Port of Baltimore.
The Last Line of Defense’s disclaimer clearly states that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously and that they publish only satire:
America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
Clinton getting arrested is a popular theme in hoax stories about the Clinton Foundation. Reports have falsely claimed that she was arrested for having sex with a minor and charged with fraud as the Clinton Foundation was shut down. Neither are true.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Chelsea Clinton Getting Arrested
Furious Chelsea Clinton Thrown To The Floor And Hancuffed After Senator Lindsay Scandal Linked To Clinton Foundation https://t.co/JjUtRlyKMM
— Veteran Apologist (@VetApologist) June 12, 2017
Furious Chelsea Clinton Thrown To The Floor And Hancuffed After Senator Lindsay Scandal Linked To Clinton Foundation https://t.co/i0v38pKXSv
— USA4TRUMP (@USA4TRUMP) June 11, 2017
Furious Chelsea Clinton Thrown To The Floor And Hancuffed After Senator Lindsay Scandal Linked To Clinton Foundation https://t.co/I6UURV4eVX
— Dominic Larosa (@HotepPePeDAmAgE) June 12, 2017
Furious Chelsea Clinton Thrown To The Floor And Hancuffed After Senator Lindsay Scandal Linked To Clinton Foundation https://t.co/cyKZXhZTxW
— harmonyvee (@harmonyvee) June 11, 2017
Furious Chelsea Clinton Thrown To The Floor And Hancuffed After Senator Lindsay Scandal Linked To Clinton Foundation https://t.co/0Jqy9gRH1k
— fouad haidar (@fouadhaidar) June 11, 2017
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