Earlier this month at a campaign event in Tallahassee, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told the audience that Russian hackers “have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about.”

The Washington Post was among fact checkers all over that claim:

Nelson later backtracked a little bit, but an NBC News report has given Nelson’s claims new life, and he shared it with the Twitterverse this way:

However, Nelson might have painted himself into a corner here:

In other words, Nelson’s defense against the fact checkers could backfire big time:

“Whoops, if true!”

Awkward!

The Washington Post stands behind all four Pinocchios for Nelson:

That not-so-subtle detail remains for Nelson to try and sort out. Pass the popcorn.