Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is again pushing alternative facts.
During an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Donald Trump’s notoriously dishonest ally attacked Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman for his outspoken stance on cannabis legalization.
As the state’s lieutenant governor, Fetterman flew pro-marijuana and rainbow flags from his office balcony last year, angering Republicans.
“Not only hasn’t…worked a day in his life, Sean, he hasn’t worked a day as a lieutenant governor,” Conway told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who introduced the segment in poking fun at Fetterman’s speech difficulties since he suffered a stroke in May.
“He raised the marijuana flag. He thought it was funny. He drags his opponent,” Conway added. “Here’s what’s not funny: that there has been a doubling of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.”
The number of marijuana overdose deaths has not doubled in Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania Office of Drug Surveillance and Misuse Prevention, there was a 3% increase in drug overdose deaths from 2020 to 2021, the vast majority of which involved fentanyl or opioids. No marijuana overdose deaths have been reported by the bureau.
National data also contradicts his claim. A chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing drug-related overdose deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2020 shows no numbers for marijuana overdoses.
Conway, who once coined the term “alternative facts” to describe the Trump administration’s spin, was trending on Twitter about his latest lie.
That has prompted some to look back to 2017, when Conway invented a massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to justify former President Donald Trump’s highly controversial immigration ban.
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