Retired 'Navy SEAL' praising Trump on Fox News was a fake

Pauline Gross
October 21, 2017

Garofalo, a 72-year-old NY glassmaker, became instafamous for a now-retracted viral Fox News segment aired October 8, in which he was extolled for the mammoth glass presidential seal he'd constructed as a tribute to POTUS 45.

"Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", Fox News said. And while he did serve in the Navy, he was never a SEAL.

Several retired SEALs told the Navy Times that they contacted Fox the day after the segment aired asking for a retraction. He also showed off 22 medals he had allegedly received, including two Purple Hearts.

"Garofalo claimed he was a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team, and a decorated war hero who was awarded two Purple Hearts", the network said in a post on its website. "I have hope for him and I have hope for the country".

"God bless John Garofalo", added Fox News anchor Eric Shawn. He hopes the President will accept it.

The Navy Times broke the story wide open, and when they contacted Garofalo he admitted to his wrongdoing, telling the publication in a telephone interview, "It got bigger and bigger". The first SEAL teams were created in the early 1960s, and few were deployed in the early years of the Vietnam War. The segment was watched more than 1.5 million times on Facebook.

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Today, almost two weeks after its initial report, Fox News officially posted a retraction, which Llenas also sheepishly read on-air this morning in what the on-air host gamely called a "quick correction". Although he did serve four years in the United States Navy, it was in aircraft handling, a position that involves "overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft".

"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told Navy Times.

Fox also issued a lengthy statement, claiming it hadn't investigated Garofalo's military past before the segment aired because he claimed it was "covert".

"Garofalo is used to working under pressure", Llenas said in the segment. After graduating basic training, he reported to a Naval station in Virginia in 1963, and later served in Rota, Spain.

"We apologize to our viewers, especially veterans and servicemen and women", Fox News said. Garofalo says that it was a lie that he got caught up in, one that he never meant to tell, but that just got bigger and bigger.

The faux-SEAL was an artist who wanted to give a glass seal to the Liar In Chief.

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