Viral emails claim that President Donald Trump will reinstate the draft.

 

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In late 2016, a months-old article from the web site Real News Right Now was circulated on social media, reporting that then-President-elect Donald Trump had pledged to reinstate the draft:

The story said: “GOP presidential front-runner and billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled his plan to ‘make the military great again,’ saying he intends to reinstate the draft as part of a larger effort to bolster America’s armed forces.”

The story quoted Trump saying this to supporters at one rally: “We’re bringing back the draft, OK? We’re going to bring it back and we’re going to make America as strong as we were in the ’60s.”

The story went on to say that in addition to resuming military conscription, Trump vowed that if elected, he would enact legislation guaranteeing citizenship to anyone serving in the armed forces for a minimum of four years.

“They’re going to have to earn their citizenship,” Trump was quoted as saying in the story.

Snopes.com attributed this report to Real News Right Now, which is another of those fake news sites.

The site does not have a disclaimer identifying its content as fake news.

But the site’s “About” page does include obvious tongue-in-cheek references to awards such as the “Oscar Mayer Award for Journalistic Excellence” and the “Stephen Glass Distinction in Journalistic Integrity.”

Stephen Glass, by the way, is a former journalist whose published articles for the New Republic and other publications were found to be fabrications with invented quotes, sources and events.

Some of the articles on Real News Right Now include those with the headlines:

• “CNN Report: 1 in 5 American Voters Spoke to Russian Ambassador Before U.S. Election.”

• “Pope Francis Orders Vatican Archives to Reveal God’s Name Ending Centuries of Secrecy.”

• “President Trump Tells Boy Scouts of America Delegation that The Earth is Flat.”