As hoax-busting site Snopes said Tuesday: “Readers who clicked through to the underlying article might have noticed something odd from the outset: ‘Family cult leader Charles Manson endorsed Donald Trump for President from San Quentin Prison. “He’s the best man for the job, and he speaks his mind,” Charlie said during a telephone conversation with this reporter.”
“ShareonFB is a prank-generating web site, not a legitimate news outlet. A tendency of many readers not to look past headlines enables obvious pranks like the one above to spread more readily. Previous user-generated pranks with which Share on FB saw incidental viral success included a mid-2015 claim that cult favorite television series Firefly was being rebooted.”
And Manson isn’t in San Quentin, either. He’s at Corcoran State Prison.
Some on social media caught on fast.
OK, kids… Charles Manson DID NOT endorse Donald Trump. Got it? Good. Now, please turn to page 394….
— Amanda Sowards (@AmandaSo) March 15, 2016
Others have yet to receive the memo:
— John Grochalski (@JohnGrochalski) March 15, 2016
Reporter: Will you condemn Charles Manson and his endorsement?
Trump: I don’t know, I don’t know Charles Manson, I’d have to look into that.
— Colin (@YesItsColin) March 15, 2016
HAHAHAHA. Trump lands the endorsement he’s been hoping for: Charles Manson. https://t.co/TEJ0PKjpdx
— Trumpet (@_d_O_S_s_) March 15, 2016
I think this title speaks for itself: “Charles Manson endorses Trump” https://t.co/2ZVhCAfoo1
— Reaganite Millennial (@robert_gatsby) March 15, 2016
Fox News Calls Nomination for Trump. . Charles Manson Endorses Trump. https://t.co/6CSYxX4tBH
— Navy Doc (@SereDoc) March 15, 2016
Family cult leader Charles Manson endorsed Trump for Pres from San Quentin Prison. “He’s the best man for the job, & he speaks his mind.”
— ivorroy (@ivorroy) March 15, 2016
Charles Manson has endorsed Trump, who now has a serial killer and a former KKK grand wizard in his corner.
— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) March 15, 2016