State lawmaker posted fake news on Facebook

Published: Dec. 7, 2016 at 3:52 PM EST
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State Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, republished fake news stories on his Facebook page this week, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The fake news stories allege that President Obama’s daughters are adopted, and suggest that the president is gay and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, is a transgender man.

Late Tuesday, after the Herald-Leader drew attention to Couch’s Facebook page through a series of posts on Twitter, the fake news stories about the Obamas disappeared from his page. On Wednesday, the Facebook account was changed to the name of Couch’s wife.

"Facts do matter, and spreading lies is wrong. I have no respect for anyone who would spread lies purposefully," Daniel Lowry, spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party told the Herald-Leader.

"Alternatively, if Tim Couch really believes this garbage, even though it’s clearly from fake news sites, then I have to wonder about his intelligence," Lowry added.