Joe Scarborough put out a supposed quote by Sen. Orrin Hatch talking about children’s health care.
.@SenOrrinHatch talking about children's health care: “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything.”
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 3, 2017
Of course, that drew an immediate response and sharp criticism from the Left.
I am just sitting here stunned. We need to remove these immoral people from power. https://t.co/WUTZYdF2m0
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) December 3, 2017
A child needs food. His parents quit their jobs. "Now we have no $ to feed him," the dad says.
Millions of kids sick. Their working parents cant afford insurance. CHIP gets them care. GOP cuts taxes. "Now we have no $ for CHIP" Orrin Hatch says (real)
The logic of selfishness.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 3, 2017
— Dani Bostick (@danibostick) December 3, 2017
Orrin Hatch, who went to law school on financial needs scholarship, thinks poor kids shouldn’t get health care.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 3, 2017
Orrin Hatch claims we don't have enough money to pay for children to have healthcare. CHIP would cost 1% of the GOP tax bill he voted for. https://t.co/6dLskRwR9G
— sean. 🎅🏽 (@SeanMcElwee) December 3, 2017
Except that’s not what he was talking about at all.
No. He was not talking about CHIP in that quote. He co-wrote bill to extend funding for it and, if you watch the whole clip, says he will see to it himself that CHIP funding is extended https://t.co/2KAbP3WV17
— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) December 3, 2017
Joe could not be more dishonest here. Hatch literally said that he liked CHIP, that it's a good program, and that they're going to get it done.
That quote was in the middle talking about those who could help themselves but choose not to.
Shame on you, Joe – you know better. https://t.co/KHOrc51zCw
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 3, 2017
Scarborough got this one wrong. Not what Hatch said. https://t.co/BJzi5KWh2y
— Dan Ryan (@danjryan) December 3, 2017
1. He's not saying the kids "won't lift a finger," as many are suggesting.
2. At least include the full quote where he says CHIP is working, he's proud of creating it, and he absolutely wants it, and expects it to be, reauthorized. https://t.co/fM6jVzNnEg
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 3, 2017
Hatch was talking about welfare spending in GENERAL.
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) December 3, 2017
Oh for the love of God. Orrin Hatch did not say he wants to destroy and end CHIP. Watch the damn clip. https://t.co/mbYhS31CaY
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) December 3, 2017
This has almost 10K RTs, many from reporters, and is completely false. Scarborough was hardly alone in lying about what Hatch said, but the lack of a link suggests that the dishonesty is intentional. All of these people owe Hatch an apology. https://t.co/8Rg6c08jMy
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) December 3, 2017
Bullshit: ~10,000 retweets.
Correct information: 27 retweets. pic.twitter.com/40tFCmGV3M
— Ruthless T. Firefly (@BecketAdams) December 3, 2017
Let’s not let facts get in the way of a good fake quote.