Richard Grenell, President Donald Trump's former Acting Director of National Intelligence, is under fire after posting a 2019 photo of Joe Biden and attacking him as "phony" for not wearing a mask. Since the photo was celarly taken months before the coronavirus was even discovered, Grenell is getting slammed on social media, but refuses to apologize or taken the tweet down.
After countless Twitter users reported the photo Twitter on Monday afternoon – almost 24 hours after it had been posted – finally slapped a "manipulated media" warning label on it, but it was too late. The image has already received nearly 40,000 likes and 21,000 retweets and quote tweets.
PolitiFact rated Grenell's tweet as "False,." If Grenell's intent was to damage Biden it backfired as mainstream media outlets reported on the false tweet.
Grenell is doubling down, now attacking Biden for not wearing a mask while delivering a speech outdoors when there was no one near him.
On social media Grenell is getting dragged. Here's what some are saying:
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden I have a question: is being an unrepentant liar a prerequisite for a position in the Trum… https://t.co/d2LYj4WJmB— SusanG (@SusanG) 1604347191.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Endless lies from you people. It’s all you have.— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1604327835.0
Hey jackass, photo on left is from 2019. Shows how little intelligence you know or have. https://t.co/64SPZlSfX7— Pete Souza (@Pete Souza) 1604357460.0
@MontyBoa99 @RichardGrenell @JoeBiden I found another one of hypocrite Joe with no mask. https://t.co/eCG2Dx3V6F— charlie (@charlie) 1604340313.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Wow picture from 2019, dumbass. Great intel analysis.— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1604317971.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden This is completely false, and you know that, but of course you won't delete because you'r… https://t.co/8VFkzvTsIw— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1604327995.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Do all of Putin's operatives spread disinfo that can so easily be fact checked? And Grene… https://t.co/j9WwLCUZfJ— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman) 1604348307.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Joe Biden is not wearing a mask in this photo!!! https://t.co/su9rszgDDZ— Mike C! (@Mike C!) 1604297566.0
Falling for disinformation and peddling it is excusable. Not taking this down, once it is revealed to be wrong, is… https://t.co/euNFW2rifZ— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman)))) 1604338266.0
@RichardGrenell For a “follower of Christ” you sure do love bearing false witness.— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke) 1604324908.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Hey dumbass it's an old photo. But congrats on spreading misinformation -- this is exactl… https://t.co/7MPzwpxLwN— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor) 1604330338.0
@RichardGrenell @JoeBiden Hey, Dick, that photo is from 2019, Dick. https://t.co/cSbGhnFP7O— Straight Talker (@Straight Talker) 1604329055.0
Pic at left was taken in 2019 for Vogue, before anyone was wearing masks, which Grenell surely knows. But when you'… https://t.co/VqJbaSsseR— Steve Silberman (@Steve Silberman) 1604335521.0
Yes, this is a blatant lie from the former Director of National Intelligence. Yes, the photo is from 2019. I would… https://t.co/8UM2V6SXEv— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman) 1604334949.0
People keep sneering about a former acting DNI tweeting this garbage (pic on left is from Nov. 2019) but to be fair… https://t.co/JpnpZbtbPj— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1604332442.0