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No, Tim Kaine Isn't Actually In An Open Marriage

This election just keeps getting weirder.

Posted on October 4, 2016, at 7:18 p.m. ET

Leading up to Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, a ~shocking new scandal~ is rocking Twitter. A lot of people think Tim Kaine is in an open marriage, due to a screenshot of a tweet that's been making the rounds.

@0HOUR1_ / Via Twitter: @0HOUR1__
@MsDianaFrances / Via Twitter: @MsDianaFrances
@GigiTracyXO / Via Twitter: @GigiTracyXO

Spoiler alert: The tweet is fake.



The fake tweet reads, "When my wife told me she wanted to open our marriage and take other lovers, she wasn't rejecting me, she was embracing herself."

It is listed as being sent on July 12, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.

A quick search shows that Kaine has no tweets posted that day.

Tim Kaine / Twitter / Via Twitter: @timkaine

According to Snopes, the image was first shared on Aug. 6 by Twitter user @RealScottErnst, who has shared it at least six times since.

@RealScottErnst / Via Twitter: @RealScottErnst

It gained serious traction when it was posted on Prntly on Aug. 8, a site the Washington Post has described as a "pro-Trump fake news website" with "no editorial process."

Facebook: prntly

Prntly describes itself on Facebook as "#1 in journalistic excellence 2015" and "America's favorite news cite [sic]."

Not to mention, the exact words from the fake tweet first appeared in a July 2015 New York Magazine article titled "What Open Marriage Taught One Man About Feminism."

(Which was not written by Tim Kaine.)

In conclusion:

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.