Donald Trump Aide Fooled (Or Was He?): Campaign Manager Retweets Hoax Report About Paid Protesters

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  • by: Alan Duke

Donald Trump's top campaign aide has fallen for a hoax story that claims a man was paid $3,500 to protest against Donald Trump at a recent rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The bogus report was published by a fake website that mimics ABC News, but is not the real thing. But Trump's controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski either can't tell the difference of perhaps doesn't care.

While the 2016 presidential campaign has included plenty of bogus stories, this one -- titled "Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out: 'I Was Paid $3,500 To Protest Trump's Rally' --may be the worst example"

For weeks, rumors have circulated the web that individuals were being paid to protest at rallies held by Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Today a man from Trump's rally on Saturday in Fountain Hills, Arizona, has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.

"I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump's rally in Fountain Hills," said 37-year-old Paul Horner. "I answered a Craigslist ad a little over a week ago about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part."

The tweeting of the story by Trump's top guy has propelled the bogus story into legendary status by those who want to believe it -- mainly Trump supporters. But it still is not true, no matter how viral it becomes.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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