Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is in hot water following a tweet chock full of erroneous “facts” regarding the role of Democrats in the current government shutdown over funding for a wall at the southern border.
The outcry was so swift, that he soon deleted the tweet, but he neglected the fact that the internet is eternal.
— D Esq. (@ResJudiGator) January 16, 2019
First, Gosar claimed that then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shut down the government when in reality Paul Ryan was Speaker at the time.
He also claimed that the Democrats refused to meet with President Donald Trump, neglecting the fact that Trump bragged about storming out of the most recent meeting with Democratic leaders, calling it a “waste of time.”
Then, Gosar neglected to mention that Pelosi’s letter to the President regarding the State of the Union (slated for January 29) did not seek to deny him his address, but rather delay it until the government reopens to ensure the proper security is provided.
Many were quick to correct him.
You don't have the facts.
– The government shut down while Republicans had control of the House, the Senate and the White House
– Trump said he would shut it down and then he did
– Republicans had a bill all had agreed on and Trump changed his mind because Ann Coulter was mad https://t.co/IBKMMQIWzq
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 16, 2019
I'm glad you decided to check, because those are not the facts.
– Shut down began during Paul Ryan's speakership
– POTUS walked out of the latest meeting with Dem leaders; he tweeted about doing it
– Pelosi's letter seeks to use the SOTU to pressure Trump to reopen the govt https://t.co/O8gMMAwv1U
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 16, 2019
Nevertheless, Twitter let the roasting begin.
let me make sure i have the facts right *lists a bunch of wrong facts*
— OPA Ganymede Caucus (@ilovepets420) January 16, 2019
The only thing to get straight – Republicans are liars.
— Drew DePaul (@avdepaul) January 16, 2019
That was a quick delete. Must be starting again with the real facts
— its pronounced “Antetokounmpo” (@JohnRintz) January 16, 2019
Haha he deleted his alternative facts.
— Tom Childs (@TC02472) January 16, 2019
Before long, users were bringing up Gosar’s past blunders.