People wonder why we are skeptical of hate crime charges and sexual misconduct allegations, but people like Jonathan Lopez prove us right all the time.
Lopez made a failed run for office in Umatilla County, Oregon, as well as claiming having received a hate letter, only it was all a hoax.
Lopez, who is a Latino, claimed that he had received a letter on June 23 that was filled with racial slurs.
The report stated that among other things, the letter told him that “Mexicans” were “not welcome here.”
Now we know the letter was completely fabricated by Lopez himself, apparently as a way to boost his campaign during the election and cash in on some of the negativity the media is pushing on conservatives right now.
After a thorough investigation, local police announced they had discovered that Lopez was the author of the hate mail.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston stated, “The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today.
“Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media.
“The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”
Can anyone imagine the outrage had someone like Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) made bogus hate claims?
More than likely, very little will happen to Lopez and the entire story will fade into the sunset because there is no way most mainstream outlets would ever cover something like this.
If we don’t tell people about it, it simply doesn’t get told.
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