Donald Trump Jr. put his foot in his mouth Monday afternoon when he shared an article on Twitter with a caption claiming 200,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Florida — despite the piece being from 2012 with an editor’s note updating the total to less than 100 people out of 12 million voters.
“Amazing, but not shocking at all anymore,” the president’s son wrote, adding that the article states that “Nearly 200,000 Florida Voters May Not Be Citizens.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2018
As many Twitter users noted, the article contains an editor’s note that was added on November 12, the same day Trump Jr. shared the piece, debunking the initial claim by the Florida State Department.
“Editor’s note on Nov. 12, 2018: This story was published in May 2012,” the NBC Miami article read.
“The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State,” the note continued. “The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls).”
“That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors,” NBC Miami continued. “An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.”
Some users noted that Trump Jr. shared the debunked 2012 article a few hours after Charlie Kirk of the conservative college group Turning Point USA shared it and asked his followers to help “spread” it.
“This is an absolute disgrace to our country,” Kirk wrote. “Foreign interference in our elections Every single one of these people should be arrested, deported, and never allowed reentry.”
The Washington Post‘s Dan Zak speculated that “Don did not read this story.”
Don did not read this story. Which is from 2012. And includes this update: "The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls.." https://t.co/oUj4OasIWl
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) November 12, 2018
A parody account calling itself the “Don Jr. tweet translator,” meanwhile, gave an alternate explanation to the fake news the president’s son shared.
“Translation: Dad! Look at me! I’m your good boy!” the account tweeted.
Translation: Dad! Look at me! I’m your good boy! https://t.co/EJEsZ9iaLy
— Don Jr. Tweet Translator (@DonJrTranslator) November 12, 2018
Check out more responses below:
There’s a clear editor’s note at the top of this showing this story is from 2012 and the total number of noncitizens was under 100 out of 12m voters but the president’s son is spreading it this way https://t.co/X0XKG5N3Gq
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) November 12, 2018
Shocking. Moron Charilie Kirk tweets out fake news from 2012, followed shortly by the dumber Trump son tweeting out the same thing? I'm shocked.
— Sean Crowe (@CroweKnows) November 12, 2018
Don Jr spreading stuff from 2012. Goddam he is stupid. https://t.co/9beTF6mV2M
— Rich Swinton (@RicoSuaveJD) November 12, 2018
This was wildly misleading when Charlie Kirk tweeted it out 1.5 hours ago. He should at least try and find original, misleading material. https://t.co/OBPlkHyyR2
— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 12, 2018
also, this editor’s note added today: "An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time." pic.twitter.com/H8P8yvFsVd
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) November 12, 2018
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) November 12, 2018
The people that cry about fake news sure don't mind spreading it. https://t.co/Em6sZpr4E7
— AJ ⚾️ (@NCSox) November 12, 2018