Coburn: Trump-circulated quote attacking Cruz 'absolute fabrication'

Source: Washington Examiner | February 16, 2016 | Al Weaver

Former Sen. Tom Coburn is angry about being quoted in the latest Donald Trump attack on Ted Cruz.

Coburn called the quote an “absolute fabrication.”

As part of his never-ending criticism of Cruz, Trump’s Twitter feed retweeted and pushed a quote ostensibly from Coburn criticizing Cruz as “one of the most dishonest people” in Washington. Coburn never said this.

During a phone interview with the Washington Examiner, the former Oklahoma senator fired back at Trump.

“It’s an absolute fabrication. I’ve never said that, period,” Coburn told the Examiner. “It’s unfortunate he would use my name to say something dishonest. It’s a total fabrication.”

“To me, it’s more of loose play with the truth and loose play with the words,” Coburn said.

Trump retweeted his social media director Dan Scavino, in turn quoting Coburn talking about the Texas senator. “He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in D.C.,” read the quote Scavino attributed to Coburn. However, the quote appears to come directly from progressive website and writer Allen Clifton, who used the exact language to describe Cruz.


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  • Consistent #1171

    Consistent #1173

    The original tweets have since been deleted. You can check the trail of the sequence from Jake Tapper’s article below.

    A Forensic Examination into a False Quote Circulated by a Presidential Candidate About a Rival Candidate

    GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted at 2:28 pm ET today:

    Trump: Unreal! Highly respected Senator Tom Coburn- said this about Cruz:

    What was the quote? Trump provided a link to a tweet stating the following:

    Dan Scavino: “He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in DC.” @TomCoburn on Ted Cruz

    It should be noted: that 12:21 pm ET tweet is from Dan Scavino, the Trump campaign’s director of social media.

    Here’s where it gets shaky. Scavino provided a link to THIS story on a liberal website “ForwardProgressives” from October 18, 2015.

    silver pines #1184

    What will it take for people to finally wake up and abandon Trump? He is a morally bankrupt SLEAZEBAG.

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