Texas Governor Greg Abbott Arrested After Falling In Love With Totally False Garth Brooks Story

Texas Governor Greg Abbott took his Twitter feed to low places over the weekend when he was tricked by a satire website into sharing literal fake news about country music icon Garth Brooks.

Abbott linked to a story about Brooks from a satire website called The Dunning-Kruger Times. If the name alone isn’t enough, the site categorically states that it is part of a “network of parody, satire and antics”, and adds: “If you think this is real, you should have the head examined. .”

The story told by Abbott indicates that Brooks was booed from the stage at the 123rd Annual Texas Country Jamboree in Hambriston, Texas.

But the jamboree is not a real event, and Hambriston is not a real place – details that apparently raised no red flags with the governor as he tweeted the story.

“Go awake. Go broke,” Abbott tweeted. “Good job, Texas.”

Texas, for the record, loves Brooks as much as anywhere. He sold the 72,000-seat NRG Stadium in Houston and the 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington during his tour of the Lone Star State last year.

Abbott deleted his tweet, but offered no apology to his constituents or to Brooks for sharing the bogus report. And while the tweet itself has disappeared, it has been preserved online by a number of people, including Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas):

Journalist Christopher Hooks also shared a screenshot of the tweet, followed by a snippet of the story the Governor fell in love with:

The Twitter account of the “author” of the story, Flagg Eagleton, laughs at Abbott’s expense, noting that he is the highest official fall in love with one of his stories so far and call him some of his “best job.”

He also tweeted in response to a Daily Beast report:

Brooks hasn’t been overtly political in his music career, but offered some words of wisdom in a 2020 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“My forever message is tolerance,” he told the newspaper. “And don’t vote for a party, vote for a person.”

He was a bit more explicit earlier this month when talking about his new bar in Nashville. As conservatives boycott Bud Light over its partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, Brooks has said it will serve “all brands” of beer.

“I want it to be a place where you feel safe, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are alike manners and people,” Brooks told Billboard. “Our thing is this: if you [are let] in this house, love one another. If you’re an asshole, there are plenty of other places on Lower Broadway.

In a livestream on his Facebook page, he added that he embraces diversity and inclusivity.

“It’s me,” he said. “It’s always been me.”

Twitter users ripped Abbott for sharing the fake Brooks report:

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