First, they brought you fake news. Now, the Democrat Party is bringing you the latest things in hoax trends: fake legislators!
That’s at least my takeaway from Tuesday statements from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who both made strongly worded comments to the press and public about a tweet from a fake Michael Flynn Twitter account.
Yes, apparently, Twitter’s been around for a decade already and Reps. Pelosi and Cummings (and/or their assistants) still don’t know how that whole blue check mark thing works. Unreal.
According to The Hill, the fake account tweeted a fake statement by Flynn about his resignation as national security adviser that included the word “scapegoat.” Cummings and Pelosi were at a news conference when someone passed along the fake tweet as something real.
“Something is wrong here,” Cummings said. “Madam Leader, just this morning Flynn tweeted — and this is a quote here — ‘scapegoat,’ end of quote,” he continued. “Scapegoat. He basically describes himself as a scapegoat.
“I believe we need to hold a public hearing with Flynn to get to the bottom of this. If there was any emergency at this moment in the history of this country, this is the moment,” said the Democrats’ ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.
That’s when Pelosi jumped in.
“I didn’t know until I heard from our colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was ‘scapegoat,’” the House minority leader said. “Do you know what a ‘scapegoat’ is?
“That means in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat and heap all the ills onto the goat and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement (is) that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”
Well, thank you for establishing the etymological history of the word “scapegoat,” which does in fact date from that practice of biblical antiquity. Now, let me show you how this whole “verified account” thing works…
Sadly, it wasn’t just these two Democrats who were fooled. As Newsbusters pointed out, The New York Times also picked up the tweet, as did Newsmax. It’s not certain that these influenced Cummings or Pelosi and/or their people to believe the veracity of the tweet, although it certainly highlights the perils of believing what The New York Times says.
According to CNN, Pelosi was caught unaware by the provenance of the tweet. One journalist described her reacting surprisedly by saying “What do you mean it’s fake?” when an aide informed her that the Flynn “scapegoat” statement was a hoax. One can imagine the sad trombone playing in Pelosi’s head, with the amp turned up to 11.
Keep in mind, too, that these are not minor-league lawmakers. I trust our readers are familiar with the antics of Ms. Pelosi, but Cummings is another major Democrat player. The veteran Maryland politician was, as the ranking member on the Select Committee on Benghazi, the left’s pointman on that scandal in the House of Representatives.
These are two of the most high-profile Democrats in the lower chamber and neither they nor their staff seems to think that they should check on the veracity of a social media statement before they say insipidly stupid things about it.
Now, granted, what they did hardly rises to the level of what Flynn did to necessitate his resignation. However, it shows just how desperate the left is for anything that they can use against Donald Trump — even, it seems, if it comes from a fake Twitter account.
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