A fake story claiming that Julia Roberts said Michelle Obama wasn’t fit to clean the toilets of First Lady Melania Trump has gone viral and has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and other social media platforms. The most popular version of the false story was published by 50statereport.com, with an article that has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook since Sunday, December 17. The piece claims that Roberts defended Melania from being “looked down upon and disrespected by sneering liberals across the country” while “doing a brilliant job.”
Other sites picked up on the fake news, such as trending-info.com, which published the same quote about Julia allegedly dismissing Michelle, with that version being shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook. Additional sites shared the fake article, with thestatespolitics.com getting nearly 5,000 Facebook shares within 22 hours.