Fact check: A birthday tweet from Hillary Clinton was edited to be about Amy Coney Barrett – USA TODAY

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Camille Caldera
 
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The claim: A birthday tweet from Hillary Clinton was edited to be about Amy Coney Barrett 

A post on Instagram from Not the Bee — a humor-based news, opinion and entertainment site from the creators of The Babylon Bee — depicts an edited tweet from Hillary Clinton.

“Happy birthday to this future president,” the tweet appears to read, with a black-and-white photo of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

In the post, the word “birthday” has been crossed out and replaced with the word “confirmation.” The word “president” has been crossed out and replaced with the word “justice.”

In its new form, it reads, “Happy confirmation to this future justice.”

The post went up on Oct. 26, the day the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett to the high court, per USA TODAY.

Not the Bee has not responded to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

Post is a riff on a real tweet from Clinton in 2016, which since has become a meme

The post is based on a real tweet from Clinton in 2016.

On Oct. 26, 2016, she posted a photo of herself as a child on Twitter along with the caption “Happy birthday to this future president.”

Two weeks later, on Nov. 8, 2016, she lost the election to President Donald Trump.

In its post, Not the Bee simply subbed out the black-and-white photo of Clinton with a photo of Barrett and added its strikethroughs and substitute text.

The photo is a real portrait Barrett — then known as Amy V. Coney — that hangs in a student hall of fame display in Southwestern Hall at Rhodes College, per the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.

Not the Bee is not the first to poke fun at Clinton for her premature tweet.

In 2017, the DailyDot — an outlet that reports on internet culture — marked the tweet’s first anniversary with a compilation of jokes about it.

“It’s a tweet that will surely haunt us every year on Oct. 26,” the story predicted.

So far, it’s been right.

Fox News rounded up over a dozen jokes about the tweet this week.

Others also pointed out that the tweet (and birthday) coincided with the vote that confirmed Barrett to the Supreme Court — solidifying a conservative majority on the court.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got in on the fun.

“It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday,” he said, per Newsweek. “I’m sure she was so grateful. So grateful.”

Our rating: Satire

Based on our research, the post from Not the Bee is SATIRE. In 2016, Hillary Clinton tweeted a photo of herself as a child on her birthday with the caption, “Happy birthday to this future president.” After she lost the election, it became a meme. This year, her birthday coincided with the confirmation vote for Justice Amy Coney Barrett — fueling further jokes and parodies, like the one created by Not the Bee.

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