A Washington Post story wrongly claimed the Trump administration accused Billie Eilish of “destroying our country” — then spread like wildfire among the entertainment industry.
The article on Thursday — in part about hundreds of celebrities being vetted for a Trump administration coronavirus ad campaign — included a misattributed quote from the White House about Eilish.
“Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about,” the Grammy-winning singer said at the Democratic National Convention in August.
Citing leaked documents obtained by Democratic House lawmakers, the Washington Post incorrectly wrote that the Trump officials described Eilish as “not a Trump supporter,” saying she is “destroying our country and everything we care about.”
A screenshot of the leaked papers showed that Trump officials’ description of Eilish was clear — they said the “Bad Guy” singer “made a political statement on gun control in 2019; will be a first time voter in 2020; not a Trump supporter, stated he ‘is destroying our country and everything we care about.’”
The flub was picked up by Vice editor Jill Krajewski, who noted that “an embarrassing number of music outlets” including Complex, NME, Consequence of Sound and The Fader aggregated the misreported Washington Post story.
TMZ and GQ Australia also picked up the article.
On Friday, a correction appeared on the Washington Post story.
“An earlier version of this report incorrectly attributed Billie Eilish’s comment about Trump ‘destroying our country and everything we care about,’ to the team vetting her, rather than to her own remarks,” it said at the bottom of the online article.