Liberals Spread Unverified Claim That Trump Hotel Handed Out Petition Attacking CNN

The Trump International Hotel on its first day of business September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. / Getty Images

The Trump International Hotel / Getty Images


A claim from an unverified Twitter account said the user's friend was handed a flyer after check-in at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which directed recipients to an online petition asking for CNN not to be shown on televisions in federal buildings.

The petition is real enough, hosted on the White House site, launched by President Barack Obama.


"Please issue an order to the agencies and employees who work for you as Chief Executive of the U.S., that they are to shut off this negative force undermining your presidency," asks the petition, which only has 51 signatures.

The woman offered no proof the flyer had been handed out by the hotel, other than an apparent Facebook post by an anonymous friend.

Nonetheless, it recieved thousands of retweets and was shared by several celebrities and media figures.

Even a few Never Trump conservatives shared the tweet while still asking for confirmation.

In a statement, the Trump Hotel told the Washington Free Beacon that the tweet was not true.

"We have no knowledge of this and it is not true," a spokeswoman said simply.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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