The Republican National Committee has launched a twitter page called “Fake News Nelson” “to hold the Senator accountable for spreading fake news.”
Seriously… my name recognition is really low. https://t.co/WCN9AUN9e4
— Bill Nelson (@FakeNewsNelson) April 10, 2018
They want to highlight what they argue is a Senator that spreads fake news to incite politically charged conversations in light of recent Florida tragedies.
The twitter handle was created in response to a Herald article released on Monday that cited two incidents where Senator Nelson shared misinformation. For example, on Sunday, Senator Nelson tweeted that an assault rifle had been used during a shooting in Liberty City. The local police reported that handguns had been used and not an assault rifle. In response, Senator Nelson attributed his claim to Democratic State Representative Kionne McGhee, throwing him under the bus.
Marc Caputo, POLITICO Florida reporter, also pointed out inaccuracies in Nelson’s claims, and the RNC tweeted out a response citing Caputo’s thoughts.
RNC Florida Communications Director Taryn Fenske commented in the tweet that “Space-Cadet Bill Nelson finally got called out for spreading fake news.” Fenske then added that “Maybe next time he’ll leave the facts up to experts instead of saying anything to get a TV hit.”
The only statewide elected Democratic senator is up for re-election and will face outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott.