UPDATED: Viral Image of Deleted Schumer Tweet Was a Hoax

Editor’s note: 

We quoted a story from American Thinker in an earlier version of this story that was based on a “deleted tweet” from Chuck Schumer that ended up being a hoax.

From Politifact:

Some conservative websites and Twitter users are spreading a false rumor that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., deleted a tweet from early February criticizing President Donald Trump for banning some forms of travel to and from China.

The tweet was never deleted, because Schumer never sent it.

Yet some conspiracy minded sites used a screenshot of the alleged tweet to seek to criticize Schumer.

“In what amounts to a plea of ‘guilty’ to the charge of being full of crap and criticizing President Trump no matter what he does, Senator Chuck Schumer has deleted his February 5 tweet,” started a post on The American Thinker website.

The screenshot says:

“The premature travel ban to and from China by the current administration is just an excuse to further his ongoing war against immigrants. There must be a check and Balance on these restrictions.”

Schumer never sent, or deleted the tweet.

ProPoblica, a nonprofit journalism organization, maintains a database of tweets deleted by politicians called Politwoops. Politwoops says it “uses Twitter’s Streaming API to find tweets from politicians we track and then checks to see if those tweets have been deleted”. The alleged post is not captured in the database.