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Don Jr. just shared blatantly fake news about Florida election and Trumpers bought it hook line and sinker

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Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an already disproven 2012 article from NBC claiming that over 200,000 ineligible voters participated in the Florida elections and pretending that it was about the current hair’s breadth contests for both Senator and Governor being re-tabulated right now in Florida.

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Apparently, the tweet containing the thoroughly debunked story was originally excavated from wherever old fake news goes to die by David Wohl, the father of Jacob Wohl, who is now best known for his hilariously incompetent attempt to frame Special Counsel Robert Mueller on sexual harassment charges, according to a detailed tracing of the origins of Don Jr.’s retweet by The Daily Dot.

Florida has become a Banana Republic right in our own back yard.

— David Wohl

While the senior Mr. Wohl’s comment may contain an element of truth, at least in regard to the attempts by President Trump to emulate the dictator of a banana republic in his autocratic and undemocratic behavior, he apparently failed to read anything beyond the headline, since the article he linked to very clearly contains the following correction from NBC before the main text of the article even begins:

“The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls). That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors. An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.”

That a difference of 199,915 non-existent illegal voters was calculated between the claim that Wohl sent out to be retweeted by a number of other noted right-wing conspiracy theorists and the actual number found by Florida election officials seemed to matter little to David Wohl, Donald Trump Jr., or the other people who forwarded his inflammatory missive to their gullible followers.

Still, in the nearly 15 hours between when Wohl sent out his original tweet and when the president’s eldest cub blasted it out to his own rabid followers, one would think that someone would have bothered to actually read the attached article.

Luckily, some people who saw Don Jr.’s tweet did bother to look further and took to Twitter to point out the mixture of mendacity and sloth that the presidential scion needed to encapsulate to forward such an obviously untrue fable.

That’s just a small sampling of the responses, but you get the idea.

 

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