Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade was mocked on Twitter after his apology for sharing a fake tweet misrepresenting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fell flat, in part due to it being in quotes.
The fake tweet that Kilmeade initially shared purports to show AOC suggesting that state governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic is purely political.
AOC’s source tweet was fake, however, and presented as something the New York congressperson had deleted. Kilmeade saw the fake “deleted” tweet, which he quote-tweeted and added, “Is this what @realDonaldTrump has been saying?”
Kilmeade’s apology, which has also now been deleted, was posted in quotation marks. “I have deleted my earlier tweet regarding Rep. Cortez, I apologize for the error.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 21, 2020
Wish I could say I appreciate the effort, but you didn’t even get my name right.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 21, 2020
who are you quoting dude
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) July 21, 2020
Putting it in quotes implies that somebody else said it. This is an odd tweet.
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) July 21, 2020
Here’s Brian Kilmeade — the dumbest man on television, whose Fox News show is nonetheless appointment viewing for the president — sharing a fake @AOC tweet a few minutes ago. https://t.co/sUNfqSJoI7 pic.twitter.com/RixiPIPkTX
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 21, 2020