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Pro-Trump blog goes bananas, claims Trump’s name not on some Florida ballots

tinfoilhat2On Tuesday, the largely pro-Trump Gateway Pundit went bananas, breathlessly reporting that some ballots in Florida did not have Donald Trump’s name on them, citing a Fox News reporter.

Kristinn Taylor wrote:

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name was left off Florida primary ballots according to reports relayed by Fox News’ Jennifer Eckhart on Twitter who said the local Fox affiliate has received “dozens of complaints.”

Eckhart wrote the irregularities are in “Jupiter County” which does not exist. She probably meant the town of Jupiter or Palm Beach County where Jupiter is located. Palm Beach County is where Trump’s Florida base Mar-a-Lago is located.

Here’s Eckhart’s tweet:

Others — including Trump — also went berserk and thought they smelled a conspiracy:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/709819253977915392

https://twitter.com/samuraiEighty/status/709739243132813312

But what Taylor, Trump, Eckhart and so many others apparently forgot (or chose to ignore) is that Florida’s primary is CLOSED, which means that only registered Republicans can vote for Republicans.

Unfortunately, Taylor forgot to add that little tidbit in her report, even though there were numerous tweets explaining this.

https://twitter.com/JammieWF/status/709837125806628864

Not only that, but a quick visit to the Florida state elections page would have explained it in detail:

florida-closed

Apparently, that would’ve required something called “journalism…” and “fact-checking,” which in this case took all of about a minute or less.  Just saying…

Naturally, the comments at her article were pretty much what you’d expect:

GP-conspiracy

So, it’s Cruz’s fault that Florida is a closed primary?  Really?  I think it may be time to invest in tin foil…

Trust me on this — If I thought there were any valid cases of voter fraud, I’d be on it like white on rice.  But this hyperventilating over nothing-burgers is frankly getting old.  Some of these sites really need to start doing a much better job of checking their information before whipping up the masses.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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