Critics like to give President Trump flak for using twitter, but its power is undeniable. Just ask former Presidential Candidate and Senator Mitt Romney. Over the weekend, The Atlantic published an article on Senator Mitt Romney titled “The Liberation of Mitt Romney: The newly rebellious senator has become an outspoken dissident in Trump’s Republican Party, just in time for the president’s impeachment trial.”
However, the great takeaway from the article was not the ridiculous impeachment probe. No, it was Romney’s admittance of a fake twitter account. The article said that during the interview, Romney:
Then got up to retrieve an iPad from his desk. He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account—“What do they call me, a lurker?”—to keep tabs on the political conversation. “I won’t give you the name of it,” he said, but “I’m following 668 people.” Swiping at his tablet, he recited some of the accounts he follows, including journalists, late-night comedians (“What’s his name, the big redhead from Boston?”), and athletes. Trump was not among them. “He tweets so much,” Romney said, comparing the president to one of his nieces who overshares on Instagram. “I love her, but it’s like, Ah, it’s too much.
Romney should have known the talents of sleuth reporters would take no time to figure it out. Slate.com cracked the code quickly and released the twitter account: “Reader, meet Twitter user @qaws9876, otherwise known as Pierre Delecto.” What we wouldn’t give to know the thought process behind dreaming up “Pierre Delecto.”
Slate reported that “Pierre has only ever tweeted 10 times total, and all of them have been replies to other tweets…The account’s first tweet, coming a whole four years after its initial registration, was a show of frustration at Fox News for not yet having a New Hampshire presidential poll up.” Romney lived in New Hampshire at that time. In may of this year, “Pierre was moved to point out to a Bloomberg reporter that he had forgotten to include Romney in a list of senators sticking up for Richard Burr.”
Pierre also posted a series of tweets defending Mitt Romney’s honor, including responding to Politico reporter Jennifer Rubin: “Jennifer, you need to take a breath. Maybe you can then acknowledge the people who agree with you in large measure even if not in every measure.” What a nice guy, that Pierre.