Mitt Romney Confirms Secret Twitter Account Is His And Is Used To Criticize President Trump

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There was a time I actually respected and admired Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Those days don’t come back… who knew he had a sockpuppet account since 2011? Enter Pierre Delecto. He confirmed the existence and eventually the identity of a “lurker” Twitter account Sunday after some digging was done and he had no choice but to do so. The former GOP presidential nominee’s full disclosure came after his published interview with The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, in which he acknowledged the existence of a secret account he uses “to keep tabs on the political conversation,” according to McKay.

The account is used to defend himself, support Never-Trumpers, and criticize President Trump. That strikes me as cowardly. If he’s going to put his opinion out there, have the stones to own up to it. I find this revelation disgusting and dispiriting. But it is not all that surprising coming from Romney these days. I have always suspected his deep dislike of Trump.

From The Daily Caller:

“The revelation came during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s Twitter insults:

“That’s kind of what he does,” Romney said with a shrug, and 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.”

“Romney went on to show Coppins several accounts he follows, including athletes, journalists, and comedians.

“McKay’s piece led Slate’s Ashley Feinberg to dig in and eventually come up with an account that fit the bill on several levels.

“Reader, meet Twitter user @qaws9876, otherwise known as Pierre Delecto,” Feinberg wrote.

“Feinberg’s article listed several reasons she felt like the account was Romney, including that it’s first follow was Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, “joined shortly thereafter by Glen Johnson, a current politics editor for Boston.com who was firmly on the Romney beat around the time the account was originally created.” Other social media “follows” included a former Romney campaign adviser along with all of Romney’s children and people “you might expect someone like Mitt Romney to follow, including Larry Kudlow, Bill Kristol, and John McCain.

“The Slate piece sparked Coppins to ask Romney whether the Slate article was correct. The Utah senator’s response? “C’est moi,” French for “It’s me.”

“Coppins then added the following update to his piece:

“(After this story was published, Slate identified a Twitter account using the name Pierre Delecto that seemed to match the senator’s description of his lurker account. When I spoke to Romney on the phone Sunday night, his only response was, “C’est moi.”)

“The account went to “protected” status shortly after the Slate article was published.”

How very ‘French’ of Romney to out himself and then go private over the Twitter account. Twitter had a field day over this one and ripped Romeny up one side and down the other. Serves him right. As Mike Huckabee put it: “Having fake twitter accounts on social media: that’s the work of kids, cowards, couch potatoes, and perverts like Carlos Danger. … If he’s got something to say, man up and say it,” the Fox News contributor told “Fox & Friends.”

From The Daily Mail:

“All tweets on the account appear to be responses to other tweets, including to a writer for Resurgent, a conservative christian outlet, Erick Erikson, Fox News political analyst Brit Hume and political consultant John Weaver.

“While the majority of accounts Romney, as Delecto, follows are political reporters, politicians, political operatives or pundits, he notably also follows late-night comedians Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon. He also followers Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and former NFL quarterback Brett Farve.

“Romney often touts himself from the Delecto account. In one instance Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis tweeted a short list of GOP senators ‘sticking up for’ fellow Senator Richard Burr. Romney was not on the list.

“‘Romney too,’ the Delecto account tweeted as a response to Dennis. ‘Said to Post he has confidence in Chairman Burr.’

“He also condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria in response to a tweet from Weaver.

“‘John, agree on Trump’s awful decision, but what could the Senate do to stop it?’ the Delecto account questioned after Weaver tweeted the president ‘betrayed our allies in Syria’ and blamed it on the ‘GOP Senate.’

“The Delecto account joined Twitter in July of 2011, which was one month after Romney announced Republican bid for president. The bio portion of the profile is blank.

“A White House aide told DailyMail.com that Romney’s new moniker in the West Wing is ‘In flagrante Delecto.’

“The legal term ‘In flagrante delicto’ is used to indicate that a criminal was caught in the middle of committing an offense. An English equivalent to the Latin phrase is ‘caught red-handed.’

“The account has become more active lately, but of the more than 250 tweets liked be Delecto over the last eight years, 30 have come from his official congressional account @SenatorRomney, 28 from his personal @MittRomney account, seven were tweets quoting of the accounts and three directly mentioned one of his accounts. There were several other tweets liked by Delecto that reference Romney without either Twitter handle.”

John Nolte at Breitbart let it fly over Romney: “What a catty, cowardly, neurotic, little backstabbing gerbil Mitt Romney is…” Hard to argue with that. Romney’s nom de plume Pierre Delecto will prevent him from ever becoming president now and rightly so. He’s now become nothing more than a French joke.

Sources: The Daily Caller, RT, TheBlaze, Breitbart, The Daily Mail, The RightScoop, Twitchy, Fox News (1), Fox News (2), NPR

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