MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and his political hack consultant Rick Wilson fell for a fake Trump tweet as the media continues to try and tank the economy.
The fake tweet supposedly was written in 2015, before Trump became President it says, “if the Dow Joans ever falls more than 1000 points in a single day the President should be loaded into a very big cannon and shot into the sun.”
Scarborough and Wilson spread the fake post after the Dow Jones fell around 2,000 points on Monday. However, President Trump never wrote that tweet and numerous truth detecting outlets including the very liberal Snopes fact-checked the claim and exposed that the tweet is fake.
On 5 February 2018, Shaun Usher, the owner of the blog “Letters of Note” posted an image on Twitter that purported to show Donald Trump opining that any president presiding over the United States during a stock market crash of more than 1,000 points should be “shot out of a cannon.”
Although the image was intended to poke fun at now-President Trump’s prolific Twitter use and his timeline that has offered a running joke that puts his past criticisms of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, in context with current events (such as a precipitous stock market drop a few hours before), this tweet was not real.
Initially Usher did not delete the tweet, however, a few weeks later he deleted the entire thread, all the posts about the incident Snopes posted have been removed from twitter.
MSNBC’s Wilson thought he would be cute when he spread the fake tweet and wrote, “I agree, Mr. President.”
Scarborough wrote posting the same fake image, “What if it drops more than 2,000 ‘points’ in a ‘Single day’?”
Both Wilson and Scarborough deleted the tweet once they were called out. However, before they deleted the post it was retweeted and passed around the internet. This was a blatant attempt to help tank the economy and spread disinformation.