- Congressman Matt Gaetz, Matt Schlapp, and Dinesh D’Souza were all tricked into sharing an image of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on Memorial Day.
- Ken Klippenstein requested they retweet a military portrait of who he said was his “grandpa”. In fact, it was actually Oswald who shot JFK in 1963.
- In a Twitter rant Candace Owens replied, “You do not photoshop murderers into their uniforms so you can have a laugh.”
Sinead Butler from Indy100 writes:
“Another day, and another political trolling for Republicans, after some were tricked into sharing an image of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on Memorial Day.
Congressman Matt Gaetz, Matt Schlapp, and Dinesh D’Souza all fell for the prank when journalist Ken Klippenstein asked them to retweet the photo off Oswald in military uniform.
Klippenstein requested they retweet a military portrait of who he said was his “grandpa” – but in actual fact it was Oswald, who shot JFK in 1963.
The tweet to Gaetz read: “Congressman, my grandpa’s a big fan of yours and is a veteran, he would be thrilled if you could RT this photo of him for Memorial Day. Here he is as a young Private First Class. Happy Memorial Day!”
Klippenstein, then sent similar tweets to Schlapp and D’Souza.
The Republicans took Klippenstein’s bait, as D’Souza retweeted the photo, along with Gaetz, who retweeted with an American Flag emoji.
Schlapp even replied to Klippenstein’s trolling, and wrote: “Wow @kenklippenstein it’s my honor to retweet the photo of a veteran on a day we remember his fallen friends. God bless your grandfather.”
All three soon realised what had happened and deleted any trace of their interaction… but not before eagle-eyed users screenshotted and reshared them.
Lee Harvey Oswald began to trend on Twitter and images of the deleted tweets went viral, after Beth Bourdon reshared them writing: “my god, it’s a trifecta.”
People shared their amusement at the lack of historic awareness between the three Republicans…”
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