13:29 GMT13 August 2020
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    Bogus 1 May editions of The Washington Post filled with anti-Trump stories were handed out in Washington, DC, this week while a website was set up to mimic the influential newspaper. The authors say that the news about Donald Trump's resignation is fantasy rooted in reality.

    The non-profit group The Yes Men has pulled off a prank at an "unpresidented" level, with activists passing around fabricated print copies of The Washington Post on Wednesday. The broadsheets, which mimicked the newspaper's old-school typeface, reported, citing "four White House aides", that Donald Trump had abandoned the West Wing without notice amid "massive women-led protests" and civil unrest.

    The only message that the fugitive POTUS had left, the fake Washington Post says, was scrawled on a napkin and blamed "crooked Hillary", fake news and the mysterious "Hfior". The hoax story, dated 1 May 2019, hinted that Donald Trump could have left the White House in a helicopter that flew to the Crimean city of Yalta.

    "The story this paper tells is more reasonable than our current reality", said writer Onnesha Roychoudhuri, one of the co-authors of the report. "And it's anything but far-fetched. We're already seeing unprecedented levels of protest and resistance. Now we just need to ask ourselves: What's next? This paper offers a blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy."

    The real Washington Post has been made aware of the spoof; the newspaper's PR department has alerted its readers about it on Twitter, but some of them are apparently struggling to tell the fake news from real reporting.


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