Messaging specialist spreads false claim about Trump

Analyst Matt McDermott helps “organizations and campaigns develop and refine their message” to their desired audience.  On Easter, he falsely tweeted a message to his followers, telling them that President Trump did not attend any church service.  Over 32,000 people retweeted the false claim.

According to his website, McDermott is a Senior Analyst at Whitman Insight Strategies, a US company that “helps Democrats and Independents capture the vital center and win elections”. His messaging strategy centers around polling and focus groups, collecting information and opinions that he says help his clients win “major victories” in politics.

Since the election of President Donald Trump, McDermott has been a harsh critic of the president and his new administration.

On Sunday, he complained that Trump was not at church and compared this to the fact that the Obama’s always attended Easter services.  In a second tweet, he called GOP voters “hypocrites” saying that they called Obama a Muslim but are “seemingly unconcerned that their president is not religious”.

Over 68,000 people made the false claim a “favorite”, even though news outlets, including Breitbart and ABC News, reported that Donald Trump attended an Easter church service with his wife, her parents and his two youngest children, Tiffany and Barron, at Bethesda-by-the-Sea on Sunday.  The Episcopal church is the same church the Trump’s were married and Barron was baptized.

Using twitter as a means of communication, McDermott’s anti-Trump messaging has been negative and even insulting at times.

Despite McDermott’s claims, Trump attended the service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea and left after taking communion. He and the first family went on to to brunch and an Easter egg hunt with Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., at Mar-a-Lago .

H/T: The Daily Caller

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