- The website tatersgonnatate.com released a satirical article claiming two witnesses against Joe Biden were found dead in Ukraine
- Despite the site clearing labeling themselves satirical, social media users have been sharing the article to feed into a debunked Ukraine conspiracy involving Hunter Biden
- Even Trump has claimed Biden got the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating his son removed to protect him from an investigation into Burisma Holdings
Throughout the presidency of Donald Trump, we have seen an increase in social media users sharing fake and satirical stories from both loyal Democrats and Republicans. In recent months there has been a surge in fake stories related to a debunked conspiracy involving Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Two Star Witnesses Against Biden Found Floating In River Ukraine
A satirical article from “Taters Gonna Tate”—which one would hope the website’s name would be a red flag but here we are—titled “Two Star Witnesses Against Biden Found Floating In River Ukraine” claims two witnesses against Joe Biden are now dead and Conservatives are eating it up.
According to the article:
Rudy Giuliani recently travelled across the Atlantic to investigate the corruption in cooperation with the Uke City Police Force and he had reported back about some success. Details are sketchy but what came through clearly was that Giuliani had discovered two witnesses to the illicit deal – and they were both willing to testify. They were said to be the final pieces in the case that would put the Bidens away.
But that has now changed. Late last night, Ukrainian authorities discovered two half-eaten bodies in the piranha infested waters of the River Ukraine. Today they had been positively identified through dental records as Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Conrad – Giuliani’s two star witnesses – and were officially ruled dead by suicide.Via tatersgonnatate.com
The satirical article goes on to say the suicide ruling is “suspicious” as police first on the scene “indicated that the men were bound at their wrists and ankles and appeared to have single gunshot wounds between their eyes.”
Taters Gonna Tate
In the about us area of the site, tattersgonnatate.com describes themselves as “a subsidiary of the “America’s Last Line of Defense” network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News.” The about us goes on to read that “Everything on this website is fiction.”
The site goes on to say its existence is actually to go against Conservatives. “‘Taters’ are the conservative fans of America’s Last Line of Defense. They are fragile, frightened, mostly older caucasian Americans. They believe nearly anything. While we go out of our way to educate them that not everything they agree with is true, they are still old, typically ignorant, and again — very afraid of everything,” the “About Taters” section reads.
Viktor Shokin Ignored The Burisma Investigation Before Biden
Even Trump has strongly pushed a conspiracy that claims Biden used his influence and power as Vice President to prevent Ukranian prosecutor Viktor Shokin from investigating into Hunter for his role in Burisma Holdings. Biden admitted last year he had threatened to hold funding to Ukraine in 2016 unless Shokin was removed from office. Shokin was allegedly investigating Burisma at the time of the threat.
There is one major problem with this conspiracy. Many say Shokin’s office had shelved the investigation into Burisma long before Biden’s threat and there is proof of that. British officials froze $23 million that allegedly belonged to Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky while they investigated a claim of embezzling public funds.
British officials were relying on evidence from Shokin’s office to keep the investigation going. Not only did Shokin’s office refuse to comply, according to American Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, his office “sent letters to Zlochevsky’s attorneys attesting that there was no case against him.” Left with no other choice, British officials unfroze Zlochevsky’s money and it was moved to Cyprus shortly after.