Nov 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump spokesperson posts fake Washington Times front page of Gore win

Photo: Tim Murtaugh's Twitter

Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Trump's re-election campaign, posted a fake front page purporting to be from a 2000 issue of the Washington Times that read "President Gore" on Twitter — calling it a "reminder that the media doesn't select the president."

Driving the news: The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper, debunked Murtaugh: "Those photos have been doctored. The Washington Times never ran a 'President Gore' headline."

  • Dozens of users shared the real pictures of the newspaper from Nov. 8, 2000, that read "Down to the wire."
  • Murtaugh told Axios that he didn't realize the front page was fake and deleted the tweet as soon as he found out.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Murtaugh was not the one who posted the newspapers at the campaign headquarters.

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