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Ted Cruz ‘Trampled’ On Twitter For Sharing, Then Deleting False Story On Canadian Protestor

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Over the weekend, Fox News contributor Sara Carter shared a completely made-up story about a Canadian “freedom convoy” protester getting trampled by a police horse. But she was forced to retract the story after being fact-checked by Canadian authorities.

“Reports are the woman trampled by a Canadian horse patrol just died at the hospital … #Trudeau #FreedomConvoyCanada,” Carter wrote in a tweet highlighted by The Daily Beast on Friday.

Her post was immediately amplified by right-wing propagandists, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who retweeted the message, writing, “This…is…horrific.”

But on Saturday morning, Carter admitted the story was false.

“The Reports I was given earlier yesterday from sources on the ground that someone may have died at a hospital during the trampling was wrong,” Carter tweeted, adding that “someone was taken to a hospital with a heart condition – not due to trampling. I want to clarify this again and apologize for any confusion.”

The retraction forced Cruz, who was born in Canada, to rush to Twitter to delete the post.

“I deleted my retweet about a Canadian protestor being trampled to death because the journalist who first reported it now says it was in error,” Cruz tweeted Saturday. “I remain deeply concerned about the abuse—seizing money & employing violence against peaceful protesters—that we’re seeing in Canada.”

Though Cruz deleted the false tweet, Twitter users slammed him for sharing misinformation online.

Check some of the reactions below: