Sure, he stuttered on occasion. He said strange things from time to time. But Rick Duncan was passionate about veterans in the state of Colorado. He told anyone who wanted to listen that he had served in Iraq on three occasions. That gave him an unofficial license to talk to journalists, politicians, and civilians about the war.
So, many people simply ate it all up.
The only problem was that Duncan wasn’t actually a Marine, a Naval Academy graduate, or a wounded Iraq War Veteran, according to those who have looked into his background.
His name, according to the Denver Sheriff’s Department, isn’t even Rick Duncan. It’s Rick Strandlof, and as of Thursday afternoon, Strandlof remained inside a Denver County Jail cell.
He was arrested earlier in the week on an El Paso County traffic warrant. His bond has been set at $1,000.
Michelle Malkin also has some videos of Strandlof’s destructive play-acting.
A slander on the name of the good men and women who actually have served in uniform. And a clear case of people believing what they wanted to see. No better than the “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” guy.
Congressman Jared Polis … duped by Strandlof.
Congressional candidate Hal Bidlack … duped by Strandlof.
News media … duped by Strandlof.
At least Polis and fellow Colorado Democrat, U.S. Senator Mark Udall, were shamed into disavowing the man once he has been proven to be a complete fraud. What else could you say? The damage has been done. The lie has already circumnavigated the globe. Life goes on for the politicians….
Journalists can shrug their shoulders, too. Anyone could have missed the need to fact-check. Somehow, though, I suspect if it were someone claiming to be a recovering homosexual appearing with Republican candidates and filming TV ads against gay marriage, there would be a lot more assiduous digging to expose the person as a fraud. It’s a lesson about the filters of bias.
I’m most curious, though, to hear what real veterans think about this story, and the reaction to uncovering the truth about Rick Strandlof.