A number of Republican lawmakers have refused to remove their tweets promoting a discredited news story about Vice President Kamala Harris, even after the reporter who wrote the piece said it was made up.

The controversy centers on an article the New York Post published on its front page Saturday, claiming that migrant children at a facility in Long Beach, California, were receiving “welcome kits” containing copies of Harris’ 2019 book “Superheroes Are Everywhere.”

The story was quickly picked up by the right-wing echo chamber, which eagerly claimed that Harris was profiting off of unaccompanied minors at the southern border.

“The Biden administration’s weakness caused a surge of illegal immigration,” tweeted Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “Now they’re forcing taxpayers to buy Kamala Harris’s book to give to those illegal immigrants?”

The story was a fabrication, as Laura Italiano, the New York Post reporter who wrote the story, admitted in a statement revealing that she had resigned from the paper because of it.

“An announcement: Today I handed in my resignation to my editors at the New York Post,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “The Kamala Harris story ― an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against ― was my breaking point.”

The story now has an editor’s note reading, “The original version of this article said migrant kids were getting Harris’ book in a welcome kit, but has been updated to note that only one known copy of the book was given to a child.”

It’s not even clear that a single copy of the book was “given to a child.” As The Washington Post noted, one copy of Harris’ book “was photographed by Reuters on a vacant bed at a shelter in Long Beach last week. It was one of many items, including toys and clothing, donated by residents in a citywide drive, Long Beach officials said. No government funds were used to purchase the items, according to a city spokeswoman.”

Republicans have been hammering the Biden administration on immigration and the situation at the border, seeing it as a potential political vulnerability. Harris has been a target ever since Biden put her in charge of addressing the long-term issues in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that are leading to the migration to the United States.

Despite the admission that the original story was false, Republican lawmakers ― as well as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee ― have largely kept up their tweets promoting the fake controversy.

But after HuffPost inquired about the tweets, two GOP House members ― Reps. Debbie Lesko (Ariz.) and Ken Buck (Colo.) did delete the tweets.

None of the lawmakers returned a request for comment.

Below are the tweets that are still up.

The Biden administration's weakness caused a surge of illegal immigration. Now they're forcing taxpayers to buy Kamala Harris's book to give to those illegal immigrants? https://t.co/pjpUmFRcnF

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 25, 2021

After learning officials are handing out Kamala Harris’ book to migrants in facilities at the border, it’s worth asking… Was Harris paid for these books? Is she profiting from Biden’s border crisis?

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 26, 2021

Why is the Biden regime using taxpayer dollars to provide illegal immigrants entering the U.S. with a copy of Kamala’s children's book?

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 26, 2021

WATCH → White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodges and says "I hear it's a good book" when asked if Kamala Harris is making money off her book being handed out at border facilities.Is Kamala Harris profiting off the border crisis?Americans deserve to know. pic.twitter.com/TAdBs7IdM6

— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 27, 2021

Vice President Harris refuses to visit the southern border. But some migrant children are given a copy of her book upon arrival to the USA. Nothing to see here!https://t.co/GUzpdvoqOn

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 26, 2021

Interesting that Kamala Harris’s children’s book got to the border quicker than she did. 🧐

— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) April 27, 2021

.@VP Harris's book is at the border, but she's nowhere to be found. 🤔 https://t.co/cUtEbDRAbQ

— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) April 26, 2021 Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost

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