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No proof that Melania Trump said if ISIS harms her son she will scratch out Obama’s eyes

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
28th November 2017 - Quoted by Amy Serman - Politifact

No, the first lady did not really issue a threat to former President Barack Obama over the safety of her son.

A headline on Yournewswire.com fabricated the quote in a clickbait headline: "Melania Trump: ‘If ISIS Lays a finger on Barron, I’ll scratch Obama’s eyes out."

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The threat against Barron on Telegram from a supporter is not the equivalent of an official communique by ISIS, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told PolitiFact.

"The fact that someone on an ISIS channel said it online doesn’t make it a significant threat," he said. "Anything said by some extremist on Telegram is not exactly breaking news that most outlets pick up in any way."

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islamic-state, sunni-jihadism