Two of the most powerful Democrats in Congress want the American public to trust their judgment, but apparently neither they nor their staffs can figure out how to spot a fake Twitter account.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were embarrassed during a Tuesday press conference after they rebuked tweets that they thought were made by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but were actually penned by a troll.
“Madam Leader, just this morning Flynn tweeted – and this is a quote here – ‘scapegoat,’ end of quote,” Cummings said during a press conference. “Scapegoat. He basically describes himself as a scapegoat.”
“I believe we need to hold a public hearing with Flynn to get to the bottom of this. If there was any emergency at this moment in the history of this country, this is the moment,” Cummings dramatically intoned.
Pelosi followed suit with her own attempt to lambast the Trump administration as a whole, claiming that “the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”
The fake news statement stemmed from a Twitter account posing as Michael Flynn, which tweeted in the aftermath of Flynn’s sudden resignation: “I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened. But if a scapegoat is what’s needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.”