First, the Obama election campaign was caught creating millions of fake Twitter accounts to create the impression of widespread public support. Next, the Obama administration changed the law so that news networks could blatantly lie so long as it was part of a government propaganda campaign. Now, a Texas Congressman has caught the White House using the same fake twitter accounts to “defraud members of Congress” over gun control.
White House Gun control push
If President Obama’s own words and actions are to be believed, then it would appear the vast majority of Americans are vehemently against gun control. The reason - after Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) received a dozen Tweets demanding that the Texas Republican support gun control measures, he investigated each of the communications allegedly from his own constituents. Only one was legitimate.
“Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud,” Rep. Stockman announced, “Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress.” The GOP Congressman closed his remarks by calling on President Obama to take responsibility for the unethical disinformation effort targeting Congressmen, “I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign.”
The smoking gun, so to speak
Immediately after President Obama made a public call for Americans to Tweet their Representatives in Congress and demand they support Democratic efforts to limit firearm ownership, every member of Congress began receiving Tweets and other social media communications from constituents demanding they support the President’s gun control efforts.
Congressman Stockman was the first to blow the whistle on the unethical, and possibly illegal, lobbying campaign apparently connected to the White House. The Texas Representative says he received 16 Tweets in the hours after the President’s call to action. And to his credit, Rep. Stockman actually reads the letters, emails and Tweets from his constituents. It was that due diligence that led him to discover the widespread campaign to deceive Congress.
When the Congressman compared one Tweet to the next, he realized that they all seemed to be practically identical. After further review, he discovered that 10 were from fake Twitter accounts and only 6 were from real people. Of those 6, only 1 was a legitimate Tweet from a constituent. The rest were Tweets from accounts connected to the White House and Democratic Party activists set up to appear as regular citizens.
“10 are fake, computer-generated spambots” Rep. Stockman announced in a press release. The ten Twitter accounts were found to have never been updated, never interacted with any other people, and some of them only followed one person – former White House digital strategist Brad Schenck.
Rep. Stockman released a statement thanking that one single gun control supporter who Tweeted him saying, “If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the president’s anti-gun campaign, we are listening. We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us.” The Congressman finished his statement by taking a shot at President Obama, “But the vast majority of the President’s supporters have no feelings because they are fake profiles from spammers.” He also accused the President of, “trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells male enhancement pills.”
Other Congressmen targeted
After Rep. Steve Stockman came forward with the revelations of counterfeit Twitter messages from people who don’t even exist, additional members of Congress came forward to announce they were also victims of the spam campaign seemingly connected to the White House. So far, at least 16 Congressmen appear to have received the phony gun control Tweets from non-existent constituents.
According to an account from Fox News, the 16 Congressmen targeted by the White House-connected disinformation effort include 9 Democrats and 7 Republicans. Among the Republican Congressmen identified by the outlet are New York Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Once Rep. Stockman discovered the large scale of the spam campaign, he went from calling on the president to stop the dishonest effort to demanding the White House turn over all correspondence and records detailing the government’s involvement. Stockman insists that any coordinated effort to defraud Congress is a very serious offense. And since many of the fraudulent Tweets were shown to have emanated from at least one past Obama staffer, the President may not be able to ignore the mounting questions and calls for White House records much longer.
Some critics of the Obama administration’s alleged fraud are taking the controversy one step further. They’re anonymously insisting that President Obama and former White House adviser Brad Schenck be formally investigated for criminal activity, the same crimes and acts of treason that the federal government is always so quick to charge other Americans with. Through a host of new laws and Presidential Executive Orders, misrepresenting oneself online, especially in the act of defrauding Congress, could result in a federal prison sentence of life behind bars.
For now, the President won’t even comment on the scandal, much less take responsibility for it. But with the revelations only days old, it’s possible that the Justice Department is investigating the White House staffers and Democratic Party operatives responsible for the likely illegal lobbying effort. But if past scandals involving the White House and Justice Dept. are any indication, don’t hold your breath.
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