On Thursday, Breitbart News —the platform for the alt-right—, became the platform for fake Trump quotes after mistakenly published a tweet it believed was from President Donald Trump — but which was actually from a parody account.
As reported by Think Progress:
“In a story about three U.S. Green Berets who were killed when a joint U.S.-Niger patrol was ambushed in southwest Niger on Wednesday, Breitbart included a tweet from a Trump parody Twitter account, citing it as an actual statement from President Trump.”
Breitbart writer John Hayward included the quote, “Saddened by the loss of our three U.S. Green Beret soldiers in Niger. Our thoughts are with the families during this very difficult time” in his article’s final paragraph, attributing it to the president.
As Think Progress noted, the quote was actually produced by the parody account “@MatureTrumpTwts,” which bills itself as an “alternative parody account of how a mature, more presidential Trump should tweet.”
Saddened by the loss of our three U.S. Green Beret soldiers in Niger. Our thoughts are with the families during this very difficult time. https://t.co/4dUFwpP8qu
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) October 5, 2017
@MatureTrumpTwts responded with amusement that the message was taken as an actual presidential tweet and suggested that Breitbart wishes that Trump would “use the medium as I do.”
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) October 6, 2017
The humiliating error took place on the same day that BuzzFeed published an explosive cache of documents purloined from disgraced “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos. The documents detailed the delicate dance Breitbart.com performed in its flirtation with neo-Nazis and white supremacists as it sought to push those ideas into the mainstream.
After being publicly called out, Breitbart corrected the story and apologized for the “mistake.”