In a distasteful extension of the co-ordinated attacks on left-wing campaigners who inconvenience the Establishment, a number of people who claim to be journalists today tweeted long-since debunked claims that Labour campaigner “Rachael Swindon” is in fact a man.
These rumours have been circulating for a long time in an attempt to discredit an account that has been ranked as one of the most influential on social media – and have continued to be used by desperate right-wingers even after a right-wing Labour councillor had to admit the claims were false after speaking to her:
Those facts are not difficult to check. However, in spite of that fact, the ‘journalists’ have repeat the claims in what amounts to fake news:
Some journalists weren’t quite sure, but couldn’t be bothered to check for themselves:
No, Seb. It was confirmed that she wasn’t. Do keep up.
Sure enough, the dogpiling by right-wing numpties began. But so did support from the better informed – including this, which is a personal favourite so far:
Let’s be clear: Ms ‘Swindon’ is under no obligation to prove her gender to agenda-driven idiots who should know better. But she decided to anyway, with this short video:
Todays just saying gender identity special edition. pic.twitter.com/zuxVIkP7UZ
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) November 27, 2017
It’s probably too much to hope that this will put the foolish smear to bed once and for all. No doubt there will be a few who’ll claim Rachael is a man who can do a very good impression of a female voice and who happens to have a Labour membership card laying around in a handily-correct woman’s name.
But for any concerned with the facts of the matter, it should be the end of it.
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