So, this just happened. Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, just linked to an article on the satirical news site ABCNews.com.co alleging that people were paid $3500 to protest at a recent Donald Trump rally in Arizona:
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 25, 2016
Here’s the article’s opener. Believable?
Fountain Hills, AZ — For weeks, rumors have circulated the web that individuals were being paid to protest at rallies held by Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Today a man from Trump’s rally on Saturday in Fountain Hills, Arizona has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.
“I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills,” said 37-year-old Paul Horner. “I answered a Craigslist ad a little over a week ago about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part.”
Trump supporters have been claiming for weeks that the protesters are being paid for by Bernie Sanders’ campaign, but Horner disagrees.
“As for who these people were affiliated with that interviewed me, my guess would be Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Horner said. “The actual check I received after I was done with the job was from a group called ‘Women Are The Future’.
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Many have alerted Lewandowski that it’s a fake article, but as of the publishing of this post, it’s still on his timeline:
He hires the best people…who fall for hoax sites. https://t.co/W0TotGC0cr
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) March 25, 2016
Trump campaign is the 1st to embrace the ambiguity of the internet—here his campaign director tweets a fake website https://t.co/hPcasrIAay
— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) March 25, 2016
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 25, 2016
So here is Trump’s campaign manager tweeting a fake news story, so that’s cool. https://t.co/6tYHHmFTg5
— WA Caucus Goer (@TySpace) March 25, 2016
Little embarrassing. Official account for Trump's campaign RTs a spoof news story apparently thinking it's real https://t.co/xXt4Wyjzde
— Robert Rea (@robertrea) March 25, 2016
Trump's campaign manager tweets out fake story from bogus website. Told it's a fake. Leaves it up. https://t.co/cYrcJHMyTX
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) March 25, 2016
Trump's campaign manager is too stupid and reckless and undisciplined to know this is a fake site. Check the URL. https://t.co/P5SnVmlKQ6
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) March 25, 2016
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 25, 2016
Literally unbelievable. https://t.co/rLgx8gdS6K
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) March 25, 2016
— Shoshana Weissmann (@senatorshoshana) March 25, 2016