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Fact Check-Video falsely reports the arrests and executions of multiple notable figures

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Contrary to a video that provides no evidence for its claims, there is no evidence that more than 50 public figures including Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton, Brian Kemp, Mitch McConnell, and Michelle Obama have been “arrested and charged with treason” or “executed” by the U.S. government. Not only have many of the people mentioned posted online or appeared at public events, but the narrative echoes the widely debunked QAnon conspiracy theory.

A Facebook video bearing the title "u.s. Military Arrests and Executions Update November 2022" can be seen ( here ) and has accumulated more than 138,000 views and thousands of comments.

Adherents of the debunked conspiracy theory QAnon scour anonymous web postings from a figure named “Q” (claiming to be a government insider with top secret security clearance) and parsing statements by former U.S. President Donald Trump whom they believed to be their champion secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies ( here ).

Reuters Fact Check previously debunked similar narratives of “mass arrests” targeting political officials (nKBN29R1ZA).

Some users seemed to believe the video’s claims that there have been mass arrests and executions. One user exclaiming, “Thank You!! The Snakes need to have their rightful punishment! Show No Mercy!” Another, chiming in, “Just what American people need to see TRUTH and accountable!!!! God’s judgement!!”

Others, called out the video for its false claims. “I mean we see all these people on TV daily so how in the heck is this true, it sure seems like we would have heard it in other areas too so for now I am not believing this at all,” read a comment posted November 29, 2022.

Indeed, the figures identified in the video are alive and well and continuing to make public appearances.

Former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, spoke live at the 2022 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards on Dec. 5, 2022 visible ( fb.watch/hdSlMDfZQH/ ) (about 30 minutes in).

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, also a targeted in the video, can be seen in a December 2, post with Actor and Filmmaker Tyler Perry ( here ). A Reuters review of Obama’s social media accounts show she maintains an active social media presence on Twitter ( twitter.com/MichelleObama ), and an official Instagram ( here ). She is scheduled to appear at many events in December for her new book The Light We Carry ( here ).

U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell can be seen in December 1 Fox News reporting ( here ) speaking on the U.S. Senate floor. An official and active social media account on Twitter for McConnell is also observable ( twitter.com/LeaderMcConnell ).

Reuters has previously addressed similar false claims that Former President Obama ( nKBN29O2HO ) and Nancy Pelosi ( nKBN29M0PK ) have been arrested.

Reuters found no credible reporting to support the claims made in this video of supposed executions or arrests. The U.S. Department of Defense declined a request for comment.

Reuters was unable to identify clear contact details for two entities cited in the introduction of the video, “Mortal Man Productions” and “Digital Soldier Press.” The introduction also states the two “are not liable nor responsible for the information being presented.”

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence to support these claims that likely stem from the QAnon conspiracy theory.

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

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