[Republican candidate Nick] Freitas responded to the attack Thursday, accusing Watts of engaging in “politics of slander” to bolster her candidate.
“Not only is this ‘tweet’ verifiably fake, but she used it to slander my wife,” Freitas said in a tweet. “If they can’t win on issues, they engage in the politics of slander + personal destruction.” He went on to ask [Democrat Rep. Abigail] Spanberger if she stood behind the “lies your allies @MomsDemand are spreading to raise money for you.” Spanberger has not addressed Watts’s tweet and did not respond to a request for comment.
– Collin Anderson in Gun-Control Activist Deploys Fake Photo in Attack on Virginia Republican
Here’s the #fakenews tweet that Watts has since deleted:
Turns out that a lot of people have been blocked by @shannonrwatts, so here’s the verifiably fake tweet that she fabricated to slander my wife and raise money for @SpanbergerVA07 pic.twitter.com/7suZtb6cyW
— Nick Freitas (@NickForVA) May 7, 2020
Shannon Watts Uses Fabricated Photo to Attack Virginia GOP House Candidate