On October 11, Senator Capito and Senate Republicans each put out a video hyping the possibility that drug dealers were disguising their fentanyl as candy and giving it to children. “Halloween would be dangerous, this year,” they said. From Capito’s senate website, here’s the senator’s version:
VIDEO: CAPITO, GOP SENATORS RELEASE PSA WARNING ABOUT DANGERS OF RAINBOW FENTANYL AHEAD OF HALLOWEEN
Capito then fearmongered through most of October with seven tweeted warnings. The senator also appeared on local WTRF to scare local families:
(Of course, WTRF’s stenographer did not challenge any of Capito’s assertions.)
The scary story about what Democratic policies on borders had supposedly wrought eventually paid off for the Republicans. As the Washington Post explained last week:
Since then, news coverage has exploded, with nearly 1,400 print and broadcast stories, most of these published in the days leading up to Halloween.
On Monday, Halloween came and went without one verified fentanyl incidence:
Not surprising, Senator Capito has had nothing to say on the matter and Fox News, where the Halloween-illegals-drug dealers-fentanyl was a frequent story, has moved on. Is this next?