No, the loser of the presidential election WILL NOT have to leave the country
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Social media neophytes are buzzing over a piece of satire making the rounds online, apparently unaware that satire is indeed, meant as a joke.
FOX2 received a call from one viewer, wondering about President Barack Obama’s most recent Executive Order that would allegedly require the loser of November’s presidential election to leave the country. Only, there was no such order. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, along with anyone else on the ballot running for President of the United States, can safely stay here, regardless of what happens next month.
Chalk it up to people who thought that Andy Borowitz’s ongoing humor column in The New Yorker, The Borowitz Report, was the real thing when it read in part today:.
This will help the healing begin,” the President said.
The executive order calls for the loser of the November 8th election to depart the country on the morning of November 9th and never return.
“Whoever that turns out to be,” the President said.
Obama acknowledged that the executive order marked a departure from American electoral tradition, but added, “A lot of good will come of this.
As snopes.com pointed out in debunking concerns that this was a real order, this isn’t the first time Borowitz’s work has been confused for the real thing despite the fact that his columns are routinely labeled as satire or humor.