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Grace Abels
By Grace Abels November 1, 2023

Snakes in the White House? No, US presidents aren’t reptiles.

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  • Claims that politicians are reptilian are part of an unfounded and long-standing conspiracy theory.

Politicians can seem cold-blooded sometimes. But according to one Facebook video, they are downright inhuman.

"Every president we ever had in the United States of America was a draconian reptilian," the speaker in the Oct. 22 video said. "They are all blood-related. That's why every president is related; it's the 13 bloodlines."

The bloodlines come from "draconian reptilians that invaded our planet," he continued. The 13 red stripes on the American flag, the 13 original colonies, and even math from the face of a clock are all marshaled as evidence of this snaky secret.

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Vice has looked into the man making claims in the video, who goes by Rashad Jamal but whose full name is Rashad Jamal White. The magazine described White as a "New Age prophet" with a large following across several platforms. White also runs a website called the University of Cosmic Intelligence, where he sells videos of lectures, crystals and jewelry.

Vice reported that White was recently convicted of child molestation and cruelty to children in Georgia. Georgia Department of Corrections’ records confirm a person by that name is incarcerated after convictions on those charges. 

Claims that celebrities, royalty and politicians are reptilian or "lizard-people" are unfounded and part of a long-running conspiracy theory. We have checked similar claims about Queen Elizabeth II, Pfizer’s CEO, King Charles III, President Joe Biden, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The theory was popularized by former BBC reporter David Icke, who in 1998 published "The Biggest Secret," claiming the British royal family were reptiles. But since then, conspiracies of hidden scales have slithered to other popular figures. 

Lizard people are thought to come from outer space, specifically the constellation "Draco" which is shaped like a serpent, reported Vox – hence "draconian reptiles."  

Although President Theodore Roosevelt had a pet snake living in the White House, he was human – along with the other U.S. presidents.

We rate the claim that all U.S. presidents have been reptiles Pants on Fire!

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