Activist chef José Andrés proved how easily an anti-Trump claim can get magnified in the fact-free environment of fake news and misleading social media posts.
Andrés, a staunch advocate for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts, falsely speculated on Twitter Saturday night that he was denied entry to Washington D.C.’s prestigious Cafe Milano because First Daughter Ivanka Trump didn’t want him to join the elite crowd gathered inside for the 105th Alfalfa Club dinner’s exclusive after party.
The tweet was retweeted over 12,000 times and liked by over 28,000 users. Many people responded by mocking the First Daughter and suggesting that Café Milano should be boycotted. Andrés’ assumption resulted in a variety of headlines that depicted Ivanka as an insensitive monster, such as “Puerto Rico hero allegedly banned from party at Ivanka Trump’s behest” and “Outspoken pro-immigrant chef asks if Ivanka Trump got him banned from party.”
Anti-Trump CNN star Anthony Bourdain took the unconfirmed theory as gospel, calling Andrés being denied entry “loathsome” and a “grotesque betrayal of a true patriot and hero.”
It turns out that Andrés’ rejection was not ordered by Ivanka, who even reached out to the chef to explain that she had nothing to do with the situation. Nuschese also reached out and apologized, calling the situation a “misunderstanding.”
Andrés missed out on a lavish party and the mainstream media turned it into a news-making scandal as if it actually impacted the American people. It turns out that any Trump critic with a verified Twitter account can manufacture a story to make the administration look corrupt, immoral or simply rude to fit an anti-Trump agenda.