Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), is taking legal action against a Democrat political action committee after they pushed unsubstantiated claims that she had previously worked as an "unlicensed, paid escort."
The allegations were published by American Muckrakers on Tuesday, and immediately went viral across social media. Not long after, Boebert's attorney Jonathan Anderson sent a letter to the PAC informing them of the legal repercussions they would soon face.
"We have irrefutable evidence that each one of these statements is patently false. You knew this though," the letter reads. "Muckrakers published these outlandish statements knowing they were fabricated but you likely operated under the inaccurate assumption that publishing false statements against a public figure would not create legal liability."
"This will be a costly miscalculation for Muckrakers, Wheeler and Muckrakers' donors."
Anderson noted that in addition to defamation claims, Muckrakers is also criminally liable, since Colorado law "expressly prohibits the circulation of 'knowingly or recklessly' false information meant to influence an election."
Boebert called the allegations "Fake News," and later described them to FOX News as "blatantly false and disgusting."
The American Muckrakers PAC, co-founded by former Democratic North Carolina state Senate candidate David Wheeler, has attempted to smear numerous Republicans, most notably Madison Cawthorn, whose re-election campaign they helped derail via a series of leaked videos.
In their attack on Boebert, they alleged that she had been an "unlicensed, paid escort" and received two abortions. They also claimed that she met Sen. Ted Cruz during that time, and that he urged her to run for office.
The claims were spread far and wide across Twitter, with many prominent left-wing accounts jumping on the opportunity to slam Boebert. They all prefaced their tweets, however, with some variation of "if this is true..."
Notable far-left page Occupy Democrats shared the allegations, and urged followers to retweet if they thought it souded true.
Not everybody on the left was fooled. Many pointed out that such claims should not be disseminated without proper evidence, and slammed those who had done so.
"Telling people to spread a story if they think it 'sounds true' is as bottom barrel 'journalism' as you can get," wrote columnist Yvette d'Entremont.
As FOX News reports, Muckrakers refused to apologize, saying they "stand behind" their source. They did, however, remove an image of an ad on a sugar daddy website that purported to show Boebert after it was pointed out that it had been debunked long ago.
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