PAW Patrol—A Kids’ Cartoon Show—Fact-Checked Trump’s White House Press Secretary

In the last few months, the concept of defunding the police has become more widespread as protests and the Black Lives Matter movement have opened people’s minds—and made them aware of how much money goes to the police department. Instead of paying more for mental health services, housing, or other direct community aid, we’re paying for the police.

As conversations went deeper, some people started discussing police propaganda, which seems to be everywhere—especially on TV. How many police shows can you name off the top of your head? Law and Order has a whole franchise, as does CSI. And who could forget popular dog cop cartoon show, Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol. People began “joking” about how PAW Patrol starts kids early on believing the police are heroes.

That criticism never went much further than Twitter, but it seems like the White House has finally heard about it. On Friday at a press conference, Donald Trump’s Kayleigh McEnany, mourned the cancellation of PAW Patrol from television.

“He’s appalled by cancel culture, specifically as it pertains to cops. We saw a few weeks ago that PAW Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was cancelled. The show Cops was canceled, Live PD was cancelled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police. It’s really unfortunate,” McEnany said.

If you didn’t realize it after reading the words “Donald Trump’s press secretary,” that’s a stupid lie. PAW Patrol is still alive and well. They even chimed in on Twitter to fact-check McEnany:

At least people find this sort of thing funny online:

But how many people are believing yet another strange lie about “cancel culture?” How much space is going to be given to arguing about PAW Patrol rather than the million other much more pressing issues America is facing? McEnany knows exactly what she’s doing.