Donald Trump Jr. attacked out figure skater (and darling of this year’s Winter Olympics) Adam Rippon Tuesday night with a tweet. And the rest of Twitter was not having it, especially since Trump Jr.’s tweet is a lie and just another example of fake news. We break down the Donald Trump Jr. Adam Rippon fake news spat here for you.
Trump Jr. tweeted an article sharing Rippon’s recent statements that he no longer wants his Olympic experience to be all about Pence. Trump. Jr. rebuked: “Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once???”
However, Trump Jr. overlooked one key detail. Pence mentioned Rippon on Twitter just last week, and also reportedly asked to meet with him before the Winter Games.
Pence tweeted: “@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
So yes, Trump Jr., Mike Pence does know who Adam Rippon is and he seems to care that he doesn’t want to hang out with him.
Many on Twitter pointed out Trump Jr.’s laughable mistake, claiming that if he’s so against fake news, why is he himself also spreading it.
One person accompanied a screen grab of Pence’s tweet to Rippon with: “Hey, Don…It’s really not like you to get your facts wrong…What would your father say about you spreading FAKE NEWS? SAD!”
Another added: “This is a really bad tweet. We all read @VP Prince’s comments. We also LOVE @Adaripp. Stay in your Russian lane.”
Currently, Donald Trump Jr. follows 1,213 people on Twitter, including conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich and InfoWars host Alex Jones. Perhaps clearing up Trump Jr.’s Twitter feed would make it easier for him to double check his drafts before he tweets out even more fake news.