Trump campaign manager Corey Lewanowski, desperate to find something, anything to bolster his Chosen Leader’s campaign now that it is reaping the whirlwind from the National Enquirer story claiming Ted Cruz had extramarital affairs, tweeted a link to a hoax story from a parody website in which an anti-Trump protester claimed he had been paid $3,500 to carry out his protest.
The parody on the faux-ABC News website began like this:
For weeks, rumors have circulated the web that individuals were being paid to protest at rallies held by Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Today a man from Trump’s rally on Saturday in Fountain Hills, Arizona has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.
“I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills,” said 37-year-old Paul Horner. “I answered a Craigslist ad a little over a week ago about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part.”
Trump supporters have been claiming for weeks that the protesters are being paid for by Bernie Sanders’ campaign, but Horner disagrees.
“As for who these people were affiliated with that interviewed me, my guess would be Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Horner said. “The actual check I received after I was done with the job was from a group called ‘Women Are The Future’. After I was hired, they told me if anyone asked any questions about who I was with or communicated with me in any way, I should start talking about how great Bernie Sanders is.” Horner continued, “It wageting Cruzs mostly women in their 60’s at the interview that I went to. Plus, all the people that I communicated with had an AOL email address. No one still has an AOL email address except people that would vote for Hillary Clinton.”
As reported by The Blaze, Lewandowski tweeted a link to the false story. He wasn’t the only one who was desperately trying to find good news for the Trump campaign; Ann Coulter jumped aboard. too. Roughly an hour and a half later after Lewandowski’s initial tweet, he deleted it. Coulter waited an hour before admitting, “You’re right, fake site. AOL quote was hilarious though.”
The Trump campaign has been taking hits from all over as a result of the National Enquirer story targeting Cruz, especially as it is well known that Trump and Enquirer CEO David Pecker are close buddies. The Enquirer even endorsed Trump earlier this month. Radio host Michael Savage, who had already endorsed Trump, said on his radio show that he was considering withdrawing his support for Trump if he didn’t completely disavow the story and David Pecker.