Democratic Party spokespeople and MSNBC's Goldie Taylor fell for tweets from a fake conservative congressman who hails from a fake Arkansas district that Twitchy said Thursday hasn't existed since the 1960s.
"Want to watch social media at its finest? Check out the irate mentions for @RepJimHankle, which nobody realizes is a parody," tweeted "Jennifer Mendelsohn."
"You would think the Democratic Party’s communications director and national press secretary might want to know that before tweeting about it," Twitchy said.
But that apparently wasn't the case, as both Mo Elleithe and Michael Czin tweeted outrage over the message. They deleted their tweets once they realized they'd been had, but Twitchy, as the saying goes, is forever.
"We got Booker AND Obama on Washington now. Where's Tito and Jermaine?" asked the fake congressman.
But, Twitchy said, Taylor didn't delete her tweet even after being told repeatedly that the "Hankle" account is a fake.
The fake account, however, continued "trolling," Twitchy said, sending already-angry liberals over the edge.
"The office of Jim Hankle would like to apologize if any offense was taken due to recent tweets.The social networking intern has been let go," the account said.
"You're socialist replies do nothing to my will to stand strong against the Kenyan dictator," the account also tweeted.
Of course, liberals were eager to pin the fake account on Republicans, Twitchy said.
"Any truth to rumours that after #shutdown drama, @RepJimHankle now mentioned by twitter as possible GOP contender for WH in 2016?" one person asked.
"I am currently forming an exploratory committee," the fake congressman said.
The account also fooled author and columnist Sarah Littman.
"This bigot in HOUSE?" she tweeted.
Angela Rye, the former executive director/general counsel of the Congressional Black Caucus, also fell for the fake account.
"Many of US are intelligent. Delete this damn thing," she demanded.
In June 2012, Rye told CSPAN that all conservative opposition to Obama was rooted in racism.
"I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he's black," she said.
According to Rye, even the term "cool" is racially charged. Rye has not said if she can detect racism in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but we suspect we know the answer to that.
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