Two supporters of Donald Trump, infamous for their false accusations and pranks, paid a woman to accuse Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading expert on the spread and control of viruses, of sexual assault. But the woman blew the whistle on them and they got caught at it.
It was all in a league of its own weirdness, a collision of Harlequin romance and #MeToo. Nevertheless, several journalists called into a conference call to hear Rodriguez’s story. We were treated, instead, to Wohl and Burkman on the line, stating they’d on the fly been invited to represent Rodriguez, who haltingly told a story that varied significantly from the media alert and, when questioned for clarification, was talked over by Wohl.
“People come forward against figures that are considered media darlings with very credible allegations and are attacked by the media,” he told us. “And you see the same sort of victim-blaming here.”…
“They were kind enough to offer the venue and there’s not a lot of open venues these days,” said Burkman during the call. (He had “a contact there.”) It was all beyond absurd, and when the reporters finally stopped laughing, one asked, “Can you just tell us you’re pulling a prank here?”
With the exception of The Daily Dot, which covered the claim only to debunk it, no outlet touched the story. There was no there there, and while it might’ve been instructive to show readers how the rancid sausage is made, did we want to give these charlatans more sunshine, especially in light of Fauci leading the battle against a deadly pandemic?
And that would have been that—until Saturday’s email, which included Andrade telling me, “The reality is that I’ve known Jacob since 2018 and that he charmed me into taking money to do this (see attached picture of us together),” taken when they were romantically involved. Also, that Wohl and Burkman “had me do something like this…back in January.”
Wohl and Burkman are well known for this kind of thing. Glad the media didn’t take them seriously this time.