In the heated discussions over the effects of fake news on democracy and civil society, Donald J. Trump has often taken center stage.
He has used false claims to attack his political opponents, question the legitimacy and loyalty of the Obama administration and other Democrats, and undermine the news media, the federal government and other institutions that many of his supporters do not trust.
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The practice has paralleled his rise from reality TV star to holder of the nation's highest elected office, according to an analysis of his social media activity.
When discussing some of his claims, Mr. Trump has cited as evidence articles posted through Breitbart News, manipulated YouTube videos and celebrity gossip publications like The National Enquirer.