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|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: “No one got (a) dime” from the $70 million raised for the Florida Disaster Fund.
Politifact rating: False (The Volunteer Florida Foundation, which administers the fund, said that $22 million out of the $61 million raised has been distributed as of March 16. The organizations that received grants provided services like home repair and food distribution, among others.)
|Claim via Social media: AOC and Bill Gates both said a cow produces ‘more pollution’ than a car.
USA Today rating: False (neither have said this or anything like it.)
|MISLEADING||Claim by Donald Trump (R): Speaking of DeSantis, Trump said, “it’s never good to try and destroy Social Security, it’s never good to raise the minimum age to a very high level.”
PolitiFact rating: Misleading (In 2013 as a U.S. House representative, DeSantis joined 103 Republicans on a failed resolution to raise the age to qualify for Medicare and Social Security to 70. In 2023 and ahead of a possible presidential bid, DeSantis walked back that stance, telling Fox News in early March that he would not “mess with” entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.)
|Claim via Social Media: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded more than 16,000 people who have died within a few days of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.|
|Claim by Viral Image: Photo shows Magic Johnson donating blood “to help underprivileged communities help fight COVID-19.”
Politifact rating: False (This photo was taken in 2012, before the COVID-19 pandemic, and doesn’t show Magic Johnson donating blood.)
|FALSE||(International: Australia): Claim by Clive Palmer: Early treatment with hydroxychloroquine would have prevented many COVID deaths.
Australian Associated Press rating: False (Multiply high-quality human trials and studies have found the drug is not effective against the COVID virus.)
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