Michigan mom and conservative activist Rebecca Kiessling testified to the Home Homeland Safety Committee on Tuesday about how her sons Caleb, 20, and Kyler, 18, had died on July 29, 2020, on account of fentanyl poisoning from taking capsules Kiessling stated that they had mistakenly believed have been safer ache capsules.
Kiessling made an emotional plea for stronger federal motion to forestall the importation of fentanyl over the southern border, claiming, “You are welcoming drug sellers throughout our border!” (Fentanyl, a robust artificial opioid, is largely smuggled in by US residents by way of authorized ports of entry moderately than by migrants sneaking previous unprotected stretches of the border.) Then, later within the day, Greene tweeted a video of an trade she had with Kiessling on the listening to.

However Greene wrongly instructed within the tweet that Kiessling had blamed the Biden administration for the demise of her sons. In actual fact, Kiessling had explicitly advised the committee the date of the tragedy, making clear that it occurred with greater than 5 months left within the presidency of Donald Trump.

“Hearken to this mom, who misplaced two kids to fentanyl poisoning, inform the reality about each of her son’s murders due to the Biden administrations refusal to safe our border and cease the Cartel’s from murdering Individuals on a regular basis by Chinese language fentanyl,” Greene tweeted.
Greene, who supported the Trump presidency and has endorsed his 2024 run, has greater than 2 million followers on Twitter. CNN reached out to the spokesperson for her congressional workplace, Nick Dyer, on Tuesday evening to ask for touch upon the false declare and to ask whether or not Greene had any plans to delete or right the tweet.

Dyer responded in an e-mail by asking whether or not CNN thinks the various Individuals who’ve died from medication below Biden “care concerning the particulars” of this explicit case. He added, “Do you suppose they offer a f**okay about your bullsh*t truth checking?”

Unrelated to CNN’s inquiry, a truth test discover was affixed to the underside of Greene’s tweet later Tuesday evening by way of Twitter’s “group notes” crowdsourcing function. The tweet had been seen greater than 3 million occasions earlier than midday on Wednesday.

Requested concerning the tweet, Kiessling, an anti-abortion advocate who has been energetic within the Republican Get together grassroots, famous in an e-mail on Wednesday morning that the variety of fentanyl deaths elevated sharply between 2020 and 2021. She argued that “if the border had been secured in the course of the Obama administration when the federal authorities first knew of this concern, my sons could be alive at this time.” Kiessling concluded: “The entire of our federal authorities has failed, Congress included.”
US deaths from fentanyl and different artificial opioids first spiked below Obama within the mid-2010s, then continued to rise below Trump and accelerated once more in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, together with early in Biden’s presidency. There have lately been preliminary indicators of enchancment in US overdose-death numbers, although they continue to be a lot greater than they have been in 2020 and earlier.

Greene’s election lies

Greene’s false tweet concerning the Biden administration was not her solely dishonest declare that day.

At a Tuesday assembly of congressional Republicans’ caucus on “election integrity,” Greene castigated a Georgia Republican election official, Gabriel Sterling, who has repeatedly vouched for the integrity of the 2020 election within the state. Greene’s feedback, which she additionally posted on Twitter, featured quite a lot of lies that have been way back debunked by Sterling and lots of others.
Greene falsely claimed that “Trump received Georgia,” although he misplaced by 11,779 votes, truthful and sq., in a state with a Republican governor, Republican elections chief and Republican-controlled legislature. She falsely claimed that there have been “1000’s of useless voters in Georgia,” although Georgia elections officers have discovered solely 4 such circumstances within the 2020 election so far and Trump allies’ claims about numerous different supposedly deceased voters have been disproven by CNN and others. And she or he falsely claimed {that a} video confirmed staff in Atlanta’s Fulton County doing one thing nefarious whereas counting ballots, although the employees have been merely doing their jobs and although false claims concerning the video have been debunked not solely by Sterling however by Trump’s deputy lawyer normal and a Trump-appointed former US lawyer in Georgia, amongst others.
Greene has been persistently inaccurate concerning the 2020 election. Dyer, Greene’s spokesperson, responded with a profane dismissal when requested for remark Tuesday evening about Greene’s newest false election claims.

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