One of the trademarks of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the brash, unfiltered, and unapologetic use of Twitter to take on opponents directly.
Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to voice his displeasure with the reporting of Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts and Washington correspondent Gillian Turner. At least, he tried to.
Instead of tagging Turner in the tweet declaring that both she and Roberts “have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC,” the president accidentally directed his ire toward a teenager in California named Jillian Turner.
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 28, 2019
“SO THAT HAPPENED,” the teenager tweeted after finding herself unexpectedly on the receiving end of a Twitter rant from the president of the United States.
SO THAT HAPPENED https://t.co/bmpCk6OyJa
— Jillian Turner ? (@JillianTurner) January 28, 2019
Trump later deleted the initial tweet and sent out a revised version to direct his frustration toward the intended recipients. But it’s far from the first time that the president’s Twitter fingers have slipped and looped random strangers into his often passionate Twitter musings.
In a November 2017 message to British Prime Minister Theresa May on the topic of “Radical Islamic Terrorism,” Trump inadvertently directed his tweet toward an account with just six followers at the time.
“It’s amazing to think that the world’s most powerful man managed to press the wrong button,” Theresa Scrivener told the BBC after the incident.
In a January 2017 effort to share a tweet praising his daughter, Trump tagged the wrong “Ivanka.” Ivanka Majic, who is not the president’s daughter, responded by urging Trump to spend less time on Twitter and more time researching the threat of climate change.
Trump even once wished a happy birthday to the wrong Lee Greenwood.
“I get this a fair amount, but certainly not at this level,” tweeted the Greenwood who did not perform “God Bless the USA” at Trump’s inauguration.
The president has also accidentally used Twitter to engage with fan or parody accounts for Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).