Fox News anchor shared fabricated tweet in attempt to smear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Photo: Ståle Grut / NRKbeta.)

Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade was blasted on Monday for spreading a lie about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Kilmeade tweeted a photoshopped image designed to look like a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez, who is also known as AOC.

The tweet claimed it was "vital" for governors to maintain coronavirus restrictions to stop Trump from being re-elected.

"Is this what [President Donald Trump] has been saying?" Kilmeade asked in a since-deleted tweet, that was captured by the Internet Archieve.

[caption id="attachment_1646660" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Screengrab of tweet by @Kilmeade. [/caption]

The tweet has been debunked by the fact-checking site Snopes.

"This tweet image was a fabrication, however, and not something posted by Ocasio-Cortez. It does not appear in her Twitter timeline, nor was it recorded by databases that capture and preserve deleted tweets," Snopes reported. "Moreover, although the tweet was supposedly 'shared over 20,000 times,' we could find no instances whatsoever of the original tweet’s having been shared or commented upon at all. It exists only as a screenshot of a faux tweet posted to a private Facebook group."

CNN's Jake Tapper corrected Kilmeade for pushing the debunked conspiracy theory.

"That's not real, Brian," Tapper noted. "It was debunked a long time ago."

"Good Lord," Tapper added.

As of publication, Kilmeade has not apologized on Twitter for spreading fake news.