Congressman Trey Gowdy Found Beaten, Placed in Medically-Induced Coma-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Congressman Trey Gowdy was found badly beaten and bloodied after being dragged from his congressional office in Washington, D.C., in June 2017 — and police are on the lookout for his attacker.

The Truth:

A self-described fake news website is behind false reports that U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy was found beaten and bloodied outside his office in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2017.

The rumor started with a report that appeared Last Line of Defense under the headline, “Trey Gowdy Found Beaten, Bloody And Unconscious.” The article claims that Gowdy was dragged from his office by an unknown attacker who evaded a five-mile wide police dragnet using hidden tunnels under the city:

Trey Gowdy, on the other hand, is safe and recovering in a medically induced coma. Dr. Clem Brookstein told LLOD correspondent Skip Tetheluda:

“Trey should be OK with time for his brain to drain a bit and the numerous bones to heal. He also has no fingernails. It appears in the short few hours he was missing that he was tortured.”

Now then…who could have possibly taken a Congressman, tortured him and left no trace? Who has the motive to want to question someone like Trey Gowdy? For now, all we can do is send thoughts and prayers that Mr. Gowdy will be OK.

Last Line of Defense has published multiple false reports of Trey Gowdy, his staff members or his family being attacked or kidnapped, and all of them have proven false. Most often, the site attributes the crimes against Gowdy to Bill and Hillary Clinton given that Gowdy led a congressional investigation of the Benghazi terror attack that unfolded while Hillary was secretary of state.

The latest claim, that Trey Gowdy was found beaten, presents a “crime scene” photo that appears to depict Gowdy being loaded into an ambulance. However, the photo actually shows a man who was shot by a police officer in March 2016 in California:

This photo of man who was shot by police in California in 2016 has been misidentified as Trey Gowdy being loaded into an ambulance.

The website’s disclaimer makes clear that the site is not presenting its content as factual news, but rather a form of political satire:

DISCLAIMER: America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.

This reports, like all others that appear at Last Line of Defense, is false.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 06/30/2017
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Social media users react to a false report that Trey Gowdy was found badly beaten and has been placed in a medically-induced coma.