The Bulwark reports:
Over the weekend, Conservatism Inc. found a new scandal to promote: A false report that Nancy Pelosi had purchased a $25 million mansion in Florida, home to 2024 hopeful, Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Trump. To underscore: This story is false. Nancy Pelosi has not bought a $25 million mansion in Florida.
But watching how the fake news blew through the conservative ecosystem is illuminating.
The lib-owning idea went something like this: Nancy Pelosi and her ilk have overreacted to COVID-19 at every turn. Ron DeSantis is a freedom loving governor of the greatest state in America. And now Pelosi was all but admitting that DeSantis was right by spending $25 million on Florida real estate. What an elitist hypocrite!
Read the full article. The piece goes on to trace how the claim spread from one right wing site to another.
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) November 29, 2021
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 24, 2021
Pelosi buys HUGE mansion in Florida. https://t.co/00f4bwgnlg
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 24, 2021
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) November 29, 2021
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 23, 2021