Romney Comes Clean on Secret Twitter Account

Trump critic ‘liked’ tweets calling for President’s ouster

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) Mitt Romney walks to speak to the press as President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Utah Senator Mitt Romney admitted late Sunday that he has been lurking on Twitter for nearly a decade, using the social media service anonymously to criticize President Trump and defend himself from online critics.

The account, under the name “Pierre Delecto,” was public until Sunday night and followed members of the Romney family, the official Romney 2012 channels, a handful of reporters who covered his presidential campaign that year, and comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. It’s existence was first reported by Slate’s Ashley Feinburg, who also uncovered former FBI director James Comey’s secret Twitter account.

Before it was hidden, the account showed less than a dozen tweets, most of them in recent months. The account liked several tweets that were harshly critical of Trump, including one that supported invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president from office. Another tweet was a reply to a conservative critic at the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin, who said his strategy “bordered on spinelessness.”

“Jennifer, you need to take a breath,” Delecto replied to Rubin. “Maybe you can then acknowledge the people who agree with you in large measure even if not in every measure.”

Feinburg began nosing around for the account when Romney told an interviewer from The Atlantic magazine that he follows political Twitter from a secret account but did not reveal any more details. Feinburg, sifting through clues in the accounts of Romney’s immediate relatives, traced the account to a person using the handle @qaws9876 that was one of 481 followers of the Republican Senator’s oldest grandchild.

Romney fessed up to the lurking when asked about it by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins. “C’est moi,” he told Coppins.

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Chrissy
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Does McKay Coppins speak French?

Sherri
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Romney got caught because of his own stupidity.

Cherl
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*Generally Confused* You are confused as usual. The contempt is for you as well. Your snarky comments and silly y’all insertions in the most recent post below only attests to the fact that you are trying too hard to seek attention. And an elitist attitude that only your way is the right way obviously turns readers off. It does not appear that both of your condemnations or criticisms of conservatives has caused them to have an epiphany about their politics.

Carol Parsons
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He’s always been a sneak it appears. The two faces of Mitt,

Tom Bodine
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Mitt is probably as bad as Anthony Weiner

Screwtape
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Mitt, or would you prefer Willard (after the rodent movie and your real name) or “Pierre Delecto”? You were Anthony Weiner and Bill DeBlasio before your time. What the heck kind of name is that? It sounds like a cheap, WI knockoff of a French cheese. Just like you’re a cheap, inauthentic knockoff of an actual Republican.

At least Anthony “look at my skinny, bent wiener” Weiner chose “Carlos Danger”.

I think the rodent name is more appropriate.

Screwtape
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Phil, “But not as big a coward as Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and many, many others.” Care to substantiate your accusations or are you simply venting your hatred for all those who do not think like you? As usual? By the way, my complaints about this site are shared by others. It may be free but we get what we pay for. In my case it’s a diversion, like finding the funnies left behind in a newspaper. YOU seem only to come here to vent your TDS. You never have anything to contribute except… Read more »

Morte206
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But not as big a coward as Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and many, many others. PS

So you know for fact those you named above have “secret” Twitter accounts or is that simply your view of their character? Or does being a never Trump-er make you less of coward in your view. The truly courageous Never Trump-er would own up to it on their own public Twitter account, don’t you think?

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