Dan Scavino, Jr. — the White House’s director of social media — got called out twice on Sunday for spreading disinformation about Hurricane Irma on Twitter.
First he showed an image of what he claimed was Biscayne Bay, but which was actually the inlet to the Miami River.
Then he tweeted a video of what he claimed was a flooded Miami International Airport. The Miami International Airport, however, begged to differ.
The White House is literally tweeting out fake news during a national disaster (and apparently sharing fake videos with the President). pic.twitter.com/LYud9ydbPP
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 10, 2017
Trump first hired Scavino as a golf caddy when Scavino was a teen. Since then, Trump has found positions for the younger man in his organization, a longtime pattern with Trump, who values loyalty in his subordinates more than any other quality.
Scavino — who was reprimanded by the Office of the U.S. Special Counsel for using his federal position and influence in a petty political squabble — has since deleted the tweets, but has been roundly scorned on social media for not checking his facts.
"OMG LOOK AT THIS VIDEO OF MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT!!1!" -Dan Scavino, Jr. pic.twitter.com/DCOly33wPs
— equifux (@RaisingOneBrow) September 10, 2017
The worst Comms Shop in history. Assholes.
— This. Isn't. Normal. (@sirvitup) September 10, 2017
I want to say this whole affair is a complete shock, but then I'd be lying about as hard as Scavino is. https://t.co/8knjJeQ8rN
— Liam Hefferman (@Nerdwiththehat) September 10, 2017
They don't come stupider than Scavino.
— Liz Logan 🍩 (@lizloganhere) September 10, 2017
Epic. Fucking. Fail. Scavino appears to be digging any shit up and feeding it to the Fuckwad-in-Chief. SMFH. https://t.co/UEfZEPqCph
— Richard Trump Troll (@richierich1968) September 10, 2017
— Sandy Fiehrer (@gobuxgal) September 10, 2017
Scavino as a purveyor of fake news (gasp) No! (the intended purpose of my antique fainting couch has finally made itself known to me)
— Vivienne♀ (@muther_mettle) September 10, 2017
Figures. It had Scavino caddy turned social media pro written all over it.
— My Sweet Baboo (@babsben) September 10, 2017
Scavino quietly deleted this tweet with no acknowledgement that it was not accurate https://t.co/CgHZbnzXUx
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 10, 2017
Scavino’s error even made a Washington Post roundup of Irma hoaxes.
“Dan Scavino, the White House’s director of social media, has been re-posting videos and photos he appears to have pulled from social media showing the destruction in Miami all day,” said the Post. “This one isn’t from Irma, or Miami.”