(NEXSTAR) – Days after the mass capturing at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a collection of tweets by a now-suspended Twitter account went viral for a critical accusation in opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott and his workplace. The tweets, which solely exist as screenshots now, declare a consultant of the governor provided a sufferer’s uncle cash to publicly communicate out in opposition to stricter gun legal guidelines.
But the declare was false, and the account connected to the thread — “MyCancerJourn3” — was already suspected of creating daring accusations and falsifying connections within the wake of tragedies. CNN reporter Daniel Dale wrote Friday that he’d spoken to the particular person linked to the account, who “refused to answer a bunch of questions.”
“I’m confident in saying there’s no reason to think the story was anything but fiction,” Dale writes.
According to the tweets, the “uncle” of one of many victims was adopted house by a consultant who stated he was “willing to pay us to stand with the Gov and say we don’t need stronger gun laws.”
After additional investigation, “the man behind the account” instructed the outlet the tweets had been posted as a hoax by “an unknown person who had somehow gained access to the account,” CNN reviews. A reporter for The Daily Beast received the identical response.
In an announcement, Gov. Abbott consultant Renae Eze stated the claims have been fully false, writing: “This did not happen and would never be allowed to happen.”
Nevertheless, the thread erupted throughout social media earlier than the claims may very well be debunked, with many notable journalists and politicians falling for it. Fact-checking web site Snopes additionally explains the account had replied, partly, “F– you,” to 1 consumer recommending the allegations be verified earlier than individuals retweeted them out.
The thread obtained a whole bunch of hundreds of likes and about 70,000 retweets earlier than being taken down.
Disproven claims apart, Abbott, a staunch gun-rights advocate, has weathered some harsh criticism for the reason that Monday capturing. In addition to a nationwide highlight on his response, the governor has additionally confronted sudden vocal critics at a lot of his in-person briefings on the tragedy.
On Wednesday, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate — and fierce Abbott detractor — Beto O’Rourke confronted Abbott in a press convention. The former U.S. consultant approached the stage and stated, “You are doing nothing.” He is also heard calling the occasion “totally predictable.”
Abbott, who has served as Texas governor since 2015, is extensively against restrictive gun legal guidelines. Last yr, the 64 year-old signed into legislation House Bill 1927, sometimes called the “permitless carry” invoice. Going into impact September 2021, the invoice permits Texans ages 21 and older to hold firearms and not using a license or coaching. While there stay some exceptions to the legislation, it nonetheless stays a hot-button concern within the state.
The shooter behind the bloodbath that left 19 kids and two academics useless is thought to have legally bought AR-15-style rifles, certainly one of which was used within the capturing.
On Friday, Abbott stated not one of the legal guidelines enacted in 2021 have been related to the Robb Elementary capturing. Instead, Abbott urged extra sources for psychological well being.
Meanwhile, each Abbott and Uvalde police have been knocked for a seemingly amorphous accounts of police response to the capturing. Abbott assured Texans Friday that he’d been “misled” by legislation enforcement officers, saying he was “livid” and that each the FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating to “get to the bottom of every fact.”