One of the hallmarks of wingnuttia is that once a story is released into the wild, it will continue to be repeated no matter how thoroughly it is debunked. Even when the person originating it admits that it’s false, another wingnut will still repeat it as true later. Ladies and gentlemen, Rep. Steve King:
KING: And then when we get to George W. Bush, he was accused of 16 words in the State of the Union address that they said was a lie and they’re still attacking him for that. And Jan, I will tell you, I have had hands-on evidence that what George Bush said in that State of the Union address was the truth and he was still punished for it.
What he’s referring to here is George W. Bush’s claim that Iraq had bought yellow cake uranium from Niger. It’s false. It was based on forged documents. The person the Bush administration sent to investigate the claim told them it was false, but they used it anyway. Hey, they were trying to sell a war and facts just didn’t matter to them. A few months later, the White House was forced to admit that the claim was false. And here we are, a decade later, and a sitting congressmen is still claiming it’s true.