Transcript Truthers: Hollywood Floats Ukraine Call Conspiracies
Hollywood celebrities are salivating over the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and are using social media to spread a host of conspiracy theories involving the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Anti-Trump stars including Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing, Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, and Jon Cryer have recently tweeted unsubstantiated claims about the call and the subsequent transcript released by the White House.
Milano has wildly extrapolated on allegations by a government “whistleblower” who claims that the White House is using a secret storage system to hold sensitive documents. The “whistleblower,” who had no firsthand knowledge of the call, was later revealed to have a political bias against Trump.
“They’ve been covering up potentially incriminating phone calls on a separate server,” the Who’s the Boss? actress tweeted.
Actress Piper Perabo floated the idea that White House officials doctored the transcript before releasing it. “Can the White House edit the Ukraine phone call transcript before they release it? Asking for a nation,” the actress tweeted.
Will & Grace star Debra Messing retweeted an Axios post that his since been debunked, claiming that Trump’s insistence for the two leaders to discuss a possible investigation into Joe Biden was a precondition for the July 25 call.
The tweet, which cites ABC News as a source, has since proven false, with ABC News correcting its original reporting. Messing hasn’t deleted her tweet.
Musician Mikel Jollett from the band Airborne Toxic Event tweeted as fact that the White House secretly edited the transcript.
“How fucking stupid do you have to be to edit the transcript of the call and STILL end up including hardcore evidence that you committed an impeachable crime?” he wrote.
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt retweeted Jollett’s post, adding: “HOLY SHIT THE STUPIDITY.”
Chelsea Handler wrote an obscene tweet predicting that the Ukraine call will end the Trump presidency: “In Russia, Trump filmed the pee-tape. But in the end, it’s Ukraine that’s finally going to fuck him.”
Two and a Half Men actor Jon Cryer suggested in a bizarre post that Paul Manafort is somehow related to the Ukraine call.
Some Hollywood types cracked jokes about the Ukraine call, including The Daily Show on Comedy Central and This is Us producer Ken Olin.
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