Fake news writer 'regrets' taking credit for Trump victory

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Paul Horner has been writing so-called "fake news" for the past six years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Paul Horner has been writing so-called "fake news" for the past six years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Eric Trump was fooled by one of Horner's stories. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Eric Trump was fooled by one of Horner's stories. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix-based fake news writer who once claimed he helped put Donald Trump in the White House now says that statement was a mistake.

"I truly regret my comment about saying that I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me," Paul Horner said Wednesday night in a text message.

Horner, who has been writing fake news for the past six years, originally took credit for the Trump victory in a Nov. 17 interview with the Washington Post.

But Horner, who describes himself as a fierce opponent of Trump, is changing his tune.

"When I said that comment, it was because I was confused how this evil got elected president and I thought maybe instead of hurting his campaign, maybe I had helped it," Horner said.

During the presidential campaign, Horner authored numerous stories that he describes as satire, but tens of thousands believed were legitimate.

Among those was the president's son, Eric Trump, who retweeted one of Horner's fictions about protesters getting paid to demonstrate against his father.

Horner said he also has no regrets about posting the made-up stories saying he is "proud" of his work.

Statement from Paul Horner:

"I truly regret my comment about saying that I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me. I know all I did was attack him and his supporters and got people not to vote for him. When I said that comment it was because I was confused how this evil got elected President and I thought maybe instead of hurting his campaign, maybe I had helped it. My intention was to get his supporters NOT to vote for him and I know for a fact that I accomplished that goal. The far right, a lot of the Bible thumpers and alt right were going to vote him regardless, but I know I swayed so many that were on the fence."

[RELATED: Fake news writer proud of his work]

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