April 17, 2023 -CLAIM: Former President Donald Trump called Michael Cohen, his former lawyer and fixer, a “cereal liar” in a Truth Social post.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. An image purporting to show such a post was fabricated. It does not appear on Trump’s Truth Social profile and a Twitter user who first posted the image has since clarified it was a parody.
THE FACTS: Days after Trump sued Cohen for talking publicly about hush money payments that are at the center of a criminal case against the former president, social media users began sharing the fabricated post.
The image mimics the design of a post on Trump’s social media platform, and has circulated on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“The jailbird Michael ‘Longhead’ Cohen is a cereal liar,” reads the bogus post. “He hid a wire in MANY of our at the time cordial perfect meetings. He should never be trusted yet SDNY Alvin ‘Cannot’ Bragg and the low IQ grand jury has taken him at his word!!! We need to TAKE OUR ONCE GREAT AMERICA back!!!”
One tweet that shared the image had received more than 20,000 likes and more than 3,800 shares as of Monday.