On Memorial Day, Twitter blew up as several prominent right-wing figures were tricked into honoring Lee Harvey Oswald, the gunman who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
The ruse was pulled off by The Intercept reporter Ken Klippenstein, who shared a picture of Oswald as a young private first class to several conservative accounts with the request, "My grandpa's a big fan of yours and is a veteran, he would be thrilled if you could RT this photo of him for Memorial Day." Right-wingers who fell for the prank included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), American Conservative Union president and lobbyist Matt Schlapp, and revisionist history documentary filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.
Hmm that’s weird https://t.co/aHEdNCYDUh— Ken Klippenstein #FiredForTruth (@Ken Klippenstein #FiredForTruth) 1622503587.0
Klippenstein has pulled this prank multiple times before.
In 2019, he tricked former Rep. Steve King (R-IA) into wishing a happy Independence Day to his "uncle," fictional Marine Col. Nathan Jessup from "A Few Good Men," and then for good measure, changed his Twitter name to "Steve King is a white supremacist" so that phrase would show up on the congressman's page. And in 2020, he fooled former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell into bidding a happy Veterans Day to his "grandpa" Bill Calley, the war criminal behind the Mỹ Lai massacre.