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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Careful what you believe on the Internet, Bud Cummins edition

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 8:07 AM

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The peril of the Internet is being sharply illustrated by a false narrative — propagated in part by Russian bots — that a secret memo exists that puts the screws to the FBI investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

It's inspired the hash tag #ReleaseTheMemo and Republicans such as U.S. Rep. French Hill (he of the meeting with a key Russian operative) are dutifully parroting it. The story is nonsense, as Think Progress outlines here — it seems to be mostly feverish conspiracy theorizing by the discredited Rep. Devin Nunes.

But I had to laugh when I saw the Tweet by Bud Cummins, the former U.S. attorney in Little Rock, one-time congressional candidate, Donald Trump Arkansas campaign leader and — as a result of that last — one of the unsettling possibilities for a Trump nomination for a federal judgeship to succeed the sterling Leon Holmes when he takes senior status, a form of retirement, this spring.

There is no Rep. Charles Ponzi in the U.S. House. This is a parody account named for the namesake of the famous financial swindle.

After a reader pointed this out to Cummins, he acknowledged he'd been had and said something to the effect that he needed better reading glasses. I failed to capture that part of the response before Cummins removed his original Tweet, which I saved above.

Here's the full "Ponzi" tweet that so moved Cummins:

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Cummins is still busily retweeting this meme. Among his sources, Rep. Steve King, about as reliable as Charles Ponzi.

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