Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tx) accused Barack Obama of using fake Twitter accounts to make it appear as though he has more support for his gun control proposals, The Hill reported Monday.
“Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud,” the Texas Republican said. “Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress,” he said. “I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign.”
Stockman said he received 16 tweets in response to Obama’s call asking supporters to flood their congressional representatives. Of those 16 tweets, only six were from real people.
“The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots,” his office said.
According to Stockman’s office, the tweets came from accounts that use Twitter’s default profile picture and have not engaged in any other interaction.
An article at the Daily Caller posted one of the suspect messages.
“@SteveStockmanUS I’m 1 of the 92 percent of Americans who support universal background checks. #WeDemandAVote,” tweeted “Vera Awah.”
As of this writing, that is the only message the account has sent. The account only has one follower, Brad A. Schenck, a person who describes himself as a “former digital strategist at #Obama2012 and @ObamaInaugural.”
The account follows three people: Barack Obama, Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Another account, “Deborah Lee,” has tweeted the exact same message twice and is also followed by Schenck.
“Yep. They’re fakes,” the Daily Caller said.
“These guys think you’re stupid, America,” Jim Treacher wrote. “But then, they’ve got some pretty strong evidence to back them up. You reelected them,” he added.
Stockman had even harsher criticism, calling Obama’s gun-control supporters “spammers” who are “trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells ‘male enhancement pills.'”
“The White House has some explaining to do. To what extent is the White House involved in this attempt to defraud Congress?” he asked.
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