Barron Trump Wins National Academic Science Award-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
President Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, won a national academic science award for a project that focus on the regulation of thermodynamics in shale rock.
False reports that Barron Trump won a national academic science award can be traced back to a known fake news website.
The report appeared at The Daily Chronicle on June 18, 2017, under the headline, “BREAKING: Barron Trump Wins National Academic Award.” Within days of being published, it had been viewed nearly 40,000 times and widely shared on social media.
The gist is that Barron Trump won a national science award that came with a $150,000 prize to help him continue his studies in thermodynamics:
To be clear, Barron is not your average kid. He isn’t even your average intelligent child. Barron is the smartest presidential child this country has ever had.
Barron has applied to every Ivy League institution as well as Oxford and Cambridge and got into them all. He hasn’t decided where he will be going yet, if at all, but we are excited to find out.
Many readers took the report at face value and congratulated Barron Trump for winning the national academic science award:
In reality, there is no such thing as the “Science Awards,” and we couldn’t find any record of Barron Trump winning a national science award. Also, there’s no way to verify the report’s unfounded claims that Barron Trump is the smartest presidential child ever, and there’s been no indication that he’s applied for Ivy League colleges.
Given all that, we’re calling claims that Barron Trump won a national science award “fiction.”