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Journalist Tricks Republican Lawmakers Into Retweeting Portrait Of JFK's Assassin In Military Uniform

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A journalist tricked high-profile Republicans into retweeting a picture of JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in military uniform. 

The journalist Ken Klippenstein pranked renowned Republicans, including Congressman Matt Gaetz, Matt Schlapp, and Dinesh D'Souza, into retweeting a military portrait of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, on Memorial Day.

Klippenstein covers national security for The Intercept, and he is well-recognized for his trolling ways. Previously, he got engulfed in a conflict with Elon Musk after he shared a photo of the Tesla CEO with Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's associate. This time, he took to troll noted Republicans. He enticed them to retweet a military portrait of Oswald under false pretences.

While tricking Gaetz, Klippenstein tweeted "Congressman, my grandpa's a big fan of yours and is a veteran, he would be thrilled if you could RT this photo of him for Memorial Day. Here he is as a young Private First Class," along with a photo of Oswald in military uniform.

Gaetz immediately responded. Retweeting, he said, "Wow @kenklippenstein it's my honour to retweet the photo of a veteran on a day we remember his fallen friends. God bless your grandfather."

While many bashed the Republicans who fell for the prank for their ignorance, conservative commentators targeted Klippenstein for demonstrating ‘insensitivity towards veterans. "It is not 'political correctness' to have a soul and modicum of decency. Reminder: these men DIED — the majority of them on foreign soil — so you could be free," said Candace Owens in response to Klippenstein. "You do not photoshop murderers into their uniforms so you can have a laugh."

However, the criticism landed on Owens instead. Many Twitter users pointed out that Oswald was a member of the US military prior to the assassination of JFK, and that the portrait Republicans were retweeting was not Photoshopped at all.

"I think I made Candace Owens short circuit lmao," Klippenstein said in response to Owens.