It was a beautiful story. A homeless man became a liberal hero last week. As usual, though, not a bit of it was true.
According to a report from Buzzfeed, Darquis Blackman was begging for change on the corner of Market and 14th in New York City when a man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat walked up to him and started harassing the poor homeless guy:
“Get up and get a job n****r,” the white attacker told Blackman, smacking his change cup out of his hand.
“I couldn’t do nothin’ but cry when he done that,” Blackman tells Buzzfeed. “All I could do was cry.”
The Trump supporter then threw a penny at his victim, screaming “There’s my one cent. Now go earn an honest dollar you bum!”
A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit Blackman. In just two days it has brought in more than $150,000
Five days later, that number had grown to $1.2 million.
As is common whenever liberals have a “cause,” there are a few minor hiccups in the details.
For instance, “Darquis Blackman” doesn’t exist. I mean, he might somewhere, but the man who consumed liberal media last week actually makes around $150,000 a year as a software engineer.
A family member tells Fox News that “it started as a joke then he decided to crank it up a notch.” The family member says that Brian Fleming – Blackman’s real name – lost a bet and had to “pretend to be homeless.” Then the ideas kept coming.
“Brian got the idea to take some sad looking pictures and feed them to media outlets and things just took off from there,” the family member explained. “His brother set up the GoFundMe and no one expected anyone to donate then the money started rolling in.”
Brian intends to keep the money.