Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is pushing alternative facts again.
During an appearance on Fox News on Monday, the notoriously dishonest ally of Donald Trump attacked Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman for his outspoken stance on legalizing cannabis.
As the state’s lieutenant governor, Fetterman last year flew pro-marijuana and rainbow flags from his office balcony, angering Republicans.
“Not only has he not worked a day in his life, Sean, but he hasn’t worked a day as lieutenant governor,” Conway told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who had hosted the segment mocking the hardships of Fetterman with speech since then. suffered a stroke in May.
“He put up the marijuana flag. He thought it was funny. He’s trolling his opponent,” Conway added. “That’s what’s not funny: That there have been double the number of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.”
There has not been a doubling of marijuana overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania Office of Drug Enforcement and Abuse Prevention, there was a 3% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021, the vast majority of which involved fentanyl or opioids . The office did not report any marijuana overdose deaths.
National data also contradicts his claim. A chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing U.S. drug overdose deaths from 1999 to 2020 shows no marijuana overdose figures.
Conway, who once coined the term “alternative facts” to describe the Trump administration’s spin, was trending on Twitter for her new falsehood.
That led some to turn to 2017, when Conway invented a massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to justify former President Donald Trump’s highly controversial immigration ban.
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