Good evening. It’s a Sunday night in October, there’s a brisk chill in the air, and Slate‘s Ashley Feinberg is suggesting that she might have found Republican Senator Mitt Romney‘s totally secret Twitter account.
i *believe* i may have found mitt romney’s secret twitter account https://t.co/SNVUeqbLoY
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) October 20, 2019
We were just reading through the article when we noticed something interesting. Apparently, the account liked this tweet wryly supporting the idea of using the 25th Amendment on President Donald Trump.
I’ve always thought that “invoke the 25th amendment!” was a misguided, futile notion but after this Tweet from the President, I’m reassessing… https://t.co/MFs3MpT6kj
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) October 7, 2019
We reached out to Romney’s office for comment. The user in question–@qaws9876 or “Pierre Delecto”–set their account to private. An update in the article said it happened after the report went up. Then it went “public for a few minutes, then private once more.”
Feinberg has a good track record for this kind of thing. She discovered then-FBI Director James Comey‘s Twitter account months before he confirmed it. As with Romney, the lawman mentioned the private account in an interview, and Feinberg said she tracked it down using what she knew about him.
To be clear, there’s no official confirmation from the Romney’s camp that he’s “Delecto.” And if it is his account, a mere like on Twitter necessarily doesn’t mean he’s gung-ho or even serious about the idea of removing the president from office via the 25th Amendment. Surely, we’re all aware of the “retweets don’t equal endorsements” disclaimer.
Nonetheless, the account user’s likes and tweets display a disapproval of the president. The likes also boost pro-Romney tweets.
Who is having the better Saturday? pic.twitter.com/qFZ4svo6Bt
— Matt Viser (@mviser) October 5, 2019
As Republicans turn on people like Mitt Romney & US intelligence agents, I’d like to remind everyone that the crook they’re stupidly protecting is banned from operating a charity in all of NY because he and his swindling kids stole from a children’s cancer charity.
— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) October 6, 2019
An October 9 tweet from the now-private account called Trump’s decision on Syria “awful.”
None of this is a surprise if it really belongs to the senator. Romney and the president’s public relationship is pretty awkward though they belong to the same party. [Image via Drew Angerer/Getty Images]