Maxine Waters: Pictures of Tide Prove Climate Change-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, tweeted side-by-side pictures of Venice Beach at high and low tide as proof that climate change is real and is impacting California’s coast.
Maxine Waters didn’t tweet these side-by-side pictures of Venice Beach at high and low tide to prove that climate change is having an impact on California beaches.
The tweet was from a fake Twitter handle in effort to make it appear that Maxine Waters was naive to natural environmental forces, or that she was intentionally trying to misinform people.
The image shows Venice Beach at high and low tides and includes the caption, “This is Venice Beach, in my district. And these were taken only 6 hours apart! Still think climate change isn’t real?”
The handle for Waters’ official account is @MaxineWaters, and the handle for the imposter account was @MaxineVVaters.
The imposter tweet went viral after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on May 31, 2017, which caused public outcry from Democrats and even some Republicans. Following the announcement, Maxine Waters tweeted:
Trump's actions today further undermine US leadership in addressing climate change. Certainly, the world is wondering what happened to US
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) June 1, 2017
Given that this tweet was sent from an imposter account that was designed to look like Maxine Waters’ official account, we’re calling this one “fiction.”