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GOP Rep Gets Instantly Fact-Checked After Claiming Gmail Sends Republican Emails To Spam

GOP Rep Gets Instantly Fact-Checked After Claiming Gmail Sends Republican Emails To Spam
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Texas Republican Representative Ronny Jackson seems to be taking a page from his former boss' playbook.

A member of the White House medical staff and eventually a member of the Trump administration, Jackson is alleging election interference well in advance of the 2022 November midterms.

On Monday night, Jackson went to social media to post a rant against Gmail.

Jackson claimed his campaign emails are going directly into supporters' spam folders.

But respondents felt it was possible Jackson and his supporters might not know how spam filters work.

Individual email users are able to adjust their own spam filters.

Should Jackson's supporters wish to receive his campaign emails, they could set their account to accept all messages from his official account.

Such setting changes will accept emails from designated senders even if they're full of all caps or excessive exclamation points—two things used in Jackson's tweet and almost always flagged as spam by email filters.

Jackson found little support or sympathy on Twitter.

Jackson first gained notoriety as the U.S. Navy physician in the White House Medical Unit who made dubious claims about the health and weight of former Republican President Donald Trump in January 2018.

In March 2018, Trump tried to make Jackson the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but allegations of misconduct, misuse of alcohol on duty and mismanagement lead Jackson to withdraw his name from consideration less than a month later.

Instead of VA Secretary, Trump created a new title and position—Assistant to the President and Chief Medical Advisor—and placed Jackson in the role leading to further speculation on the validity of Jackson's health report on Trump. In December 2019, Jackson retired from the Navy and almost immediately filed to run for the Republican nomination for a House seat for Texas in 2020.

In 2021, the Department of Defense Inspector General briefed Congress on their investigation into the 2018 allegations against Jackson. The DoDIG found Jackson had inappropriate interactions with subordinates and improper use of alcohol while on duty. Jackson denied the investigation's findings.

Jackson is up for reelection in the 2022 midterms.