Syndicated columnist Ann Coulter and Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Friday tweeted out a link to a hoax news story.
The parody news story was hosted on a website that aimed to mimic the look of ABC News and was about a Trump protester who said he was given $3,500 to demonstrate at a rally.
Again, the story was entirely false. There was even a note at the bottom strongly hinting at it.
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) March 25, 2016
But, that didn’t stop Coulter or Lewandowski from spreading the story.
Immediately after posting the tweets, many Trump supporters, seemingly unaware it was a hoax story, wondered why the “mainstream media” wasn’t investigating.
— Joan Pitre (@JoanPitre) March 25, 2016
@AnnCoulter Fantastic !! Too bad the mainstream media will never have this on with their lying asses
— Neal (@avengers123) March 25, 2016
— Nicholas Kadar (@N_kadar) March 25, 2016
Finally, about an hour after Coulter posted the pair of tweets, she removed them from her account. No retraction was issued.
At the time of publication, the link remained active on Lewandowski’s account. A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign was not immediately available for comment.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m. ET: Coulter later acknowledged in a tweet that the story was “fake.”
You're right, fake site. AOL quote was hilarious though. https://t.co/epof1cFWqf
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 25, 2016
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m. ET: Lewandowski removed the tweet from his account.
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