New York Democrats from Dutchess County lost all of their credibility on Wednesday night, after admitting that they had falsely reported Republican County Executive Marc Molinaro of having contracted COVID-19.
In a devious plan to trap Molinaro for his strong stance against Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent draconian mask mandate, Dutchess County Democrats spread a false rumor on social media attempting to prove that the mask-mandate opposing Republican has contracted the virus due to his ignorant behavior.
It all began on Wednesday morning when Dutchess County Democratic Committee’s account on Facebook was updated with a post saying, “Rumor has it that Molinaro has Covid. We will keep you posted.”
This was then followed up with a post that read, “The rumors appear to be true. Molinaro has tested positive for Covid,” the Dems added, attaching several photos including one of the GOP executive — who is also running for congress in New York’s 19th district — during a Women’s National Republican Club gala event held on Dec. 9. “Molinaro’s father died from Covid. He really should be ashamed for his position on masking,” the hoax went on, turning cruel with a reference to his father’s very real death due to the virus.
Reaching out to the NY Post to clarify, Molinaro himself said, “I have not contracted or tested positive for COVID-19. I am reminded every day that I lost my father to this virus. There is only one message to anyone who contracts this virus and that is to wish them a full and speedy recovery…It’s just saddening they sunk that low.”
Soon after this revelation, the post was deleted, with the Democrats admitting the illness rumor was unfounded. “We received phone calls from several people reporting what they supposedly heard on the radio this morning. We believed them,” they wrote in a desperate attempt to cover up. “They were wrong and we can only hope they misunderstood what they heard. But we were wrong to post.”
The post concluded with an apology and promise to “proceed with greater caution in the future” and then bizarrely issued the warning: “we hope that those Republicans…have learned a lesson from this as well.”