Washington State football coach Mike Leach tweeted out and then deleted a fake video of Barack Obama that was spliced together from a 2014 speech the former president delivered to the European Union, according to Jason Kirk of SB Nation.
"Listen to this," Leach said in the original tweet, per Kirk. "Text your thoughts. There is a lot of disagreement on government, so I think that an open discussion is always in order. Tweet your thoughts. Maybe we can all learn something."
Leach than proceeded to defend his post over a number of tweets and replies throughout Sunday:
Mike Leach @Coach_Leach
@Lesmitch529 @TheRealSBrooker You have the individual saying the WORDS. Argue the context of the words if you want, but do you agree or disagree with them? Everyone knows what was said. Agreement or disagreement is the question. If it is distorted, does it ever happen to other people?
Eventually, he deleted the original post and tweeted out the complete speech:
Leach's ultimate intent with his original post is hard to discern. It appeared initially that Leach either didn't realize the video was highly edited and completely took President Obama's words out of context or didn't particularly care.
Commenters consistently told him the video was fake, though Leach sought proof, as Jack Baer of Yahoo Sports wrote:
"All told, Leach asked Twitter users to 'prove it' nine different times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) as he continued to march through the internet battlegrounds, conveniently missing the many people trying to provide him with proof the video he shared was fake.
"At one point, Leach asked a Twitter user a point-blank question that essentially summed up the whole exercise: 'What’s a fact?'"
Leach's responses then seemed to pivot to the idea that his own comments in the past have been taken out of context, though making that point by literally doing the same thing to President Obama's remarks and presenting them as some sort of thought experiment was an odd choice.
Leach, 57, has gone 38-38 in six seasons at Washington State, leading the Cougars to four bowl games. Hopefully, his pregame speeches are a bit more inspiring than his Twitter posts.