The National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke has exposed the story of Rebekah Jones, who worked hard to convince the nation that the COVID death, case, and testing numbers being recorded by Gov. Ron DeSantis were false.
Jones had said that she was instructed to fudge numbers when she uploaded them to the site that was designed to track them. But it turns out that she "was not in a sufficiently senior position" to actually edit the data; all she was doing was uploading it.
Yet she "advanced this conspiracy theory," Cooke writes, "single-handedly." The expose describes a woman who is a consummate liar, who has claimed she "uncovered a massive conspiracy" in Florida. The National Review went on to describe Jones as a "good old-fashioned confidence trickster. And, like any confidence trickster, she understands her marks better than they understand themselves."
Even her fellow state Democrats in Florida have spoken out against her. Jared Moskowitz, the heavily Democratic director of the FL Division of Emergency Management and himself not a fan of DeSantis, had this to say:
"You may see a conspiracy theory and you want it to be true and you believe it to be true and you forward it to try to make it be true, but that doesn't make it true."
Meanwhile, Jones has reportedly raised large sums of money by means of crowdfunding efforts which claim to raise money to further research the "fraud" that doesn't really exist.