FACT CHECK: Did U.S. Special Forces Save A Child From FEMA Agents?
A post shared on Facebook purports U.S. Special Forces saved a child from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agents during Hurricane Ian.
The claim stems from an article published on a satirical website. A FEMA spokesperson denied the authenticity of the claim.
President Joe Biden toured areas of Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian Oct. 5 alongside Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported. The hurricane made landfall in the state a week ago with winds in excess of 1150 miles per hour, causing significant damage, according to Reuters.
The Facebook post claims U.S. Special Forces saved a child from FEMA agents during Hurricane Ian. “Special Forces Save Child From Evil FEMA Agents,” the text post reads.
A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Sept. 30 article published by the website, “Real Raw News.” The article alleges that a FEMA agent supposedly threatened to toss a three-year-old girl into hurricane floodwaters if her mother refused to hand over her cash, jewelry, and other valuables.
A disclaimer on the website’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Does This Image Show ‘FEMA Camp Containers’?)
“This is absolutely false,” Jeremy Edwards, a FEMA spokesperson, said of the claim in an email to Check Your Fact.
The latest claim follows an Oct. 2 article published by the website, which alleges that U.S. Special Forces toppled a FEMA outpost in Southwest Florida following Hurricane Ian.
Check Your Fact has also contacted the U.S. Army for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.