A growing number of Republicans are calling for the release of a memo they say shows bias against President Trump from U.S. law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation into Russian meddling. As calls to release the document grow, the hashtags #ReleaseTheMemo and #ReleaseTheDocument popped up on conservative Twitter.
This Thursday, Rep. Charles Ponzi (R) tweeted: “I have seen the memo. It is damaging, and it is disturbing. If @SpeakerRyan refuses to #ReleaseTheMemo, I will have no choice but to move he be stripped of the Speakership. I need your support and respectfully request that you retweet this to your followers. #ReleaseTheDocument”
Except there is no GOP politician named Charles Ponzi. The account is fake, as evidenced by its bio: “You’ll never meet a bigger sucker than a Trump supporter.”
Nevertheless, Rep. Ponzi’s threat to remove Speaker Paul Ryan is being retweeted with gusto. As of this writing, the tweet has been liked and shared well over 30,000 times.
Congress, release the damn memo.
— pjm (@pjm7245) January 19, 2018
GO FOR IT–I have been sorely disappointed by Ryan for years….#ReleaseTheMemo
— Charles Ortel (@CharlesOrtel) January 19, 2018
Please, make your move against Ryan. I’ll get the popcorn.
— Steve Lemson (@SteveLemson) January 19, 2018
— StephenofTexas (@stephenjakedunn) January 19, 2018
Thank you Rep Charles Ponzi.
— GINA MASSIMI. (@SUCCESSFULGGIRL) January 19, 2018
Those who discovered the tweet was a ruse tried to warn others. Actor and Trump supporter James Woods apparently was duped, but later deleted his tweet.
James – there is no such person as Rep. Charles Ponzi – it is a troll account
— @EpicEsquire (@EpicEsquire) January 19, 2018
Still, others had to be reminded.
@thebradfordfile You realize, of course, that you are quoting and responding to a parody account? Rep. Charles Ponzi? Read his bio. No blue verification check, openly admits he’s a fake parody account to troll Trump supporters. And last name Ponzi?
— Renee Besta (@ReneeBestaPhoto) January 19, 2018
6,500 retweets for an obviously fake account. pic.twitter.com/o0L4Lu8Ojh
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 19, 2018
Just an FYI, "Rep. charles Ponzi (R)" is a "resister." He's not a real Congressman. He's mocking us.
— Mr. Hand (@Gray__Dreams) January 19, 2018
It’s days like this that I really love Twitter.
Featured image via @RepCharlesPonzi