Another scam busted on the Trump propaganda network!
Earlier this month, Fox News did a segment featuring a Trump-loving “war hero” named John Garofalo. In the piece, 72-year-old Garofalo was praised for his service in Vietnam as a Navy SEAL as he showed off a giant presidential seal that he carved for Donald Trump.
The segment was aired nationwide on Fox and it took on a life of its own online. The viral clip got 1.5 million views on Fox’s Facebook page alone.
Fox reporter Bryan Llenas said in the piece, “The Vietnam War veteran served seven years as a member of the nation’s first Navy SEAL team. He was awarded 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts.”
Llenas also repeatedly referred to Garofalo as a “hero.”
At the end of the segment Llenas said, “He was listed twice during his service in Vietnam as missing in action.” Then another anchor said, “God bless John Garofalo. We certainly hope maybe the president is listening.”
But it turns out that, just like Trump, Garofalo is a fraud.
On Thursday, he admitted to the Navy Times that he lied. Garofalo never served in Vietnam, never received a Purple Heart, never received 22 medals, and never was a SEAL.
The Trump-loving fraud said that he’s been lying about his service for years.
“It got bigger and bigger,” Garofalo told the Navy Times. “What I did I’m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”
For nearly two weeks after Fox posted the segment, actual Navy SEALs were sending Fox messages saying that Garofalo was lying about his service. But Fox didn’t remove the clip from its Facebook page until Thursday night.
On Thursday night, Fox also finally issued a statement apologizing to their viewers.