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Fact Check-Quote about VP Harris referring to the unvaccinated originates from satirical website

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris did not refer to the unvaccinated as “Dirty Trump people,” contrary to claims made online. The alleged quotation traces back to a website that describes itself as being satirical.

“So I just read that Kamala Harris calls unvaccinated Americans “Dirty Trump People”. What do you want to call Kamala Harris?” reads a tweet ( here ). More iterations can be seen on Twitter ( here , here ) and Instagram ( here ). Comments on the latter post include, “My decision has nothing to do with Trump! SMH,” “KH true colors shine. And she is out VP smh,” and “The fact that the VP is calling people names…. Nice one .. HAG…”

Many users making this claim are linking to, or sharing a screengrab, of a Dec. 5 article published by Real Raw News (archived here: here ). The story has since been replicated on other websites ( here ), ( here ).

Real Raw News openly states in its ‘About Us’ section ( here ) that “Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.”

Reuters has debunked several of their stories in the past, which often target well-known public figures, politicians and the U.S. military ( here , here , here , here , here , here , here ).

Reuters found no evidence Harris ever said this.

A Twitter search on both her accounts (@VP and @KamalaHarris) brought no relevant results (see bit.ly/3dyeVxE, bit.ly/3GwwfzH). The quotation also does not exist in ProPublica’s “Politwoops” archive, which tracks deleted tweets by public officials, here , here.

A Google search of the quote returned non-related news articles about Harris and a fact check piece by Lead Stories here , who also found no evidence that Harris ever said this.

VERDICT

False. A report that VP Harris called the unvaccinated “Dirty Trump people” comes from a website that calls itself a satire website. There’s no evidence she ever said this.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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