Dirty trick backfires on Maxine Waters’s Republican opponent
Back in December, Navarro tweeted:
According to this document, Maxine Waters wants more terrorists, like the one who bombed NYC, in California’s 43rd District.
As Congressman of CA’s 43rd District, I will oppose such policies. #VoteNavarro2018https://t.co/vO8YUsyPp3 pic.twitter.com/k7ef0H20if
— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) December 11, 2017
The letter, it turns out, is a crude forgery, and Waters immediately called bullpuckey on the cheap stunt.
The letter, dated in June, is fake, riddled with spelling and grammatical errors (refugees is misspelled “refuges,” for instance). It also cites committees and subcommittees Waters does not serve on and includes a district office address that has not been used for nearly a decade.
Navarro told the L.A. Times that someone he didn’t know sent the letter to his campaign via Facebook — which apparently he deemed was a reliable enough source to pump the letter out on social media.
“I don’t know if it’s real or not, so I put it out there,” Navarro said.
Because vetting the letter through official sources is just so inconvenient! Maybe Navarro should have thought twice about that tweet:
The FBI and Capitol Police want to talk with Rep. Maxine Waters’ 2018 Republican opponent about a fake letter he posted to Twitter that falsely indicated the congresswoman wants to resettle tens of thousands of refugees in her Los Angeles district.
The Republican candidate, Omar Navarro, said he will meet with FBI agents at his California campaign office Wednesday at their request.
In December, Waters formally asked the FBI and Capitol Police to investigate the letter, which appears to be on Waters’ House office stationery and includes her signature.
It is a federal crime to impersonate a federal official and misuse a federal seal.
Navarro told The Times after Waters filed the December complaint that someone he did not know sent his campaign the letter on Facebook, and he did not vet whether it was real before putting it online.
“I don’t know why they are looking into me since I’m not the one who fabricated the letter,” Navarro said Monday.
They’re looking into you because you propagated and promoted a dirty political trick using a fake letter, dumbass!