MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and other critics of President Donald Trump were fooled by a fake tweet being circulated on social media meant to mock the president.
"If the Dow Joans ever fails more than 1000 'points' in a Single Day the sitting president should be 'loaded' into a very big cannon and Shot into the sun at TREMENDOUS SPEED! No excuses!" read the tweet falsely attributed to Trump.
It resurfaced on Monday because the stock market fell by a historic 2,013 points, or 7.8%, on fears of the global economic impact of the coronavirus.
Scarborough, who is a former Republican congressman but has been vitriolic in his opposition to Trump, reposted the tweet as if it were a real message from the president.
"What if it drops more than 2,000 'points' in a 'Single Day'?" he added sarcastically in a since-deleted tweet.
Rick Wilson, a vehement Trump critic, also fell for the same tweet.
I agree, Mr. President. https://t.co/OtM9f6K5oz— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1583785417.0
Many other accounts reposted the fake tweet as if it were real and faced mockery and ridicule from the president's supporters over the social media faux pas.
Scarborough appeared to imply Trump was to blame for the stock market crash in another tweet that asked, "Who in this White House can come out and calm the markets? Sadly, no one it seems."