On Friday, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson Carly Atchison took aim at freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), claiming that her prescription drug pricing bill “has no chance of passage in the Senate” and is only intended to “score her political points!”
But what caught the eye of many people on Twitter was how she headlined her release: “Fake Nurse Lauren puts campaign before patients.”
Fake Nurse @LaurenUnderwood would rather score political points than lower Rx drug costs.
— Carly Atchison (@CarlyAtch) May 17, 2019
Underwood, who last year defeated incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren, is a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as a research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, and served as a health care policy adviser to Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius and Sylvia Burwell. She is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a “fake nurse.”
— Jonathan Whatley (@jonathanwhatley) May 18, 2019
Lauren has a BS in Nursing from U of MI, MS in Nursing and MS in Public Health from Johns Hopkins U.
Carly has a BS in Political Science from American University.
Carly puts politics before the truth – probably what she's always done.
— Somebody Else’s Grumpy Cat Loving Baby 😿 (@SBfut3) May 17, 2019
Which part is fake "Bachelor of Science of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Public Health."
— Hail to the Thief (@wickedirishmn) May 17, 2019
As a proud resident of #IL14, I can assure you that this "fake nurse" message didn't work in 2018 and it isn't working now. It's refreshing to have a woman in the House fighting for her district.
— Kevin Maisto (@kevinmaisto) May 17, 2019
Despite this thorough lashing on Twitter, Atchison doubled down on Saturday morning and once again tweeted that Underwood was a “fake nurse” — with a similar response:
— Carly Atchison (@CarlyAtch) May 18, 2019
Good morning! Carly Atchison is a bona fide liar who lies about both people's careers and policy.
She also seems to like getting ratio'd. You go, girl!
— Somebody Else’s Grumpy Cat Loving Baby 😿 (@SBfut3) May 18, 2019
Child please!! First you’re a young female Republican…. which starts the inquiry into your judgment. Second, NO ONE and NOTHING is more hostile to Americans getting affordable care than a Republican. SIT DOWN with this cripcrap.
You may get paid to lie, but I drag for FREE.
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) May 18, 2019
I don't understand you, @CarlyAtch. When you and your @NRCC pals get caught lying, you choose to double down on your lie rather than apologize and/or retract your false claims. Why is that? Stuff like this is not going to help the GOP win back the suburbs.
— Niles Francis (@NilesGApol) May 18, 2019
The new birtherism is claiming the Black woman couldn't possibly be a real nurse.
— Drew Savicki (@SenhorRaposa) May 18, 2019