Have you heard? The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., is apparently handing out a petition to all its guests:

Seems totally legit and not at all sketchy.

The photo has gone viral, provoking plenty of outrage.

Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government and Ethics, is trying to get to the bottom of this (with a little help):

Journalist Zach Everson did some digging of his own:

Well, this has been fun, hasn’t it?


This rumor appears to have originated from a single Facebook post that has either been deleted or made private. On 10 October 2017, Twitter user @ackrantz11 posted a screenshot purportedly showing the original post and claimed that a “friend” had received the flyer when she checked in to the Trump Hotel:

We identified and interviewed the woman pictured in this Facebook post. She told us that she was never actually a guest at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. She did, however, use Facebook’s “check in” feature when she stopped in for a few drinks at the lobby bar. While she was there, an anonymous person handed her the flyer.

The original Facebook poster also told us that she did not know Twitter user @ackrantz11, whose tweet pushing this rumor garnered more than 10,000 retweets:

No idea who this person is. My friend posted something similar. I think this person just copied it. I think they assumed when I “checked in” on fb I was checking in to the hotel. This person sure seems to answer a lot of questions about my stay though!


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