FAKE NEWS: Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings Fall for Parody Mike Flynn Account
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings were duped by a clearly-labeled “parody” Twitter account pretending to be resigned White House national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, promoting the top Democrats to go on a rant about the definition of the term “scapegoat.”
“I didn’t know until I heard it from my colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was ‘scapegoat,'” Pelosi reportedly said during a press conference.
“Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is?” Pelosi asked. “That means in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat, and they heap all of the ills onto the goat, and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”
She added, “The good news is that General Flynn is gone.”
The parody Flynn account tweeted, “While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened. (1/2).” In a second tweet, the account wrote, “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.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that soon after her press conference, one of Pelosi’s aides reportedly told her the tweet was fake, to which she reacted in disbelief: “What do you mean it’s fake?”