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‘Monkey’ or ‘Spygate’? Rival claims about RNC heckler sets internet on fire along political lines

‘Monkey’ or ‘Spygate’? Rival claims about RNC heckler sets internet on fire along political lines
The Lincoln Project has deleted a tweet claiming a Republican delegate called former President Barack Obama a “monkey,” but that hasn’t stopped the Democrats from accusing President Donald Trump of racism.

The outfit, staffed by former Republican operatives now fully endorsing Democrat candidate Joe Biden in the November presidential election, tweeted that Trump “relished” someone at the Republican National Convention calling Obama a monkey. The semi-virtual convention began Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and featured a short speech by Trump.

The tweet was quickly deleted amid counter-claims that the heckler clearly yelled “Spygate” – a reference to what Trump was talking about at the time – but not before it spread like wildfire among the Democrats and some credulous journalists.

Even when disavowing the original claim, Resistance activists maintained that Trump’s reaction made sense only if the heckler had been racist.

The claim was so outrageous, even Trump critic Ann Coulter felt obligated to chime in with a rebuttal.

Libertarian radio host Michael Malice actually recorded the audio of the moment and slowed it down, proving the heckler had said “spygate.”

It was too late, though, as “Monkey” became a runaway trend on Twitter. 

Idle hands on social media have long argued over optical illusions, from “what color is the dress” in 2015 to the more recent color riddles featuring footwear. In 2018, the debate escalated to auditory confusion between “Laurel” and “Yanny.” 

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