A group of Democratic political operatives and journalists circulated a fake email on Twitter on Sunday that the Iowa Farm Bureau retracted its endorsement of Sen. Joni Ernst, a move which would have been a heavy blow to the Republican’s re-election bid.
The fabricated email asserted that the farm bureau was retracting its support for Ernst because of her debate performance earlier this week against challenger Theresa Greenfield.
The document posted online listed the recipient email address as “[email protected]”
Matt Whitlock, a senior adviser for the National Republicans Senatorial Committee, documented several Democrats and journalists who fell for the fake email.
.@rachelgirwin is the comms director for Schumer’s Super PAC. Here she is sharing a doctored email suggesting Joni lost the Iowa Farm Bureau endorsement.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 18, 2020
Rachel Irwin, the communications director for the Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, linked to another tweet of the email, adding the commentary: “Wow.”
Irwin said she deleted her tweet after learning it was false.
David Axelrod, the former Obama strategist,