Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

With A French Flourish, Romney Unveils Secret Twitter Account

President Donald Trump with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels last year President Donald Trump with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels last year
Patty Aguilar | 21 October, 2019, 19:23

Sen. Mitt Romney has admitted to managing a secret Twitter account which he uses under the alias "Pierre Delecto" to lurk on political discussions and even defend himself. He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account-"What do they call me, a lurker?"-to keep tabs on the political conversation".

When Coppins called the senator to ask if he operated the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi", a French phrase meaning "that is me" or "it is me". But the Pierre Delecto account doesn't include the president among the hundreds of other politicians, journalists and family members it follows, according to Slate, which initially identified the account as likely Romney's.

The account, which was opened a month after Romney announced his presidential bid in June 2011, had 702 followers and was following 1,172 as of Monday morning.

Romney has since made the account private, but among the profile's tweets were comments defending the senator.

Another notable Pierre Delecto moment revealed Romney's thoughts on Trump-ally and former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich's history of infidelity.

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"This can't be retweeted enough", read the tweet that Romney liked, which contained a throwback clip of Graham saying of Clinton, "A president who doesn't comply with Congressional requests for information is subject to impeachment".

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A spokeswoman for Romney did not directly answer questions about the account Sunday night.

The account has sent just 10 tweets during its eight years active, mainly liking tweets from other accounts (including the official Mitt Romney Twitter page). Pierre Delecto tweeted in reply to Twitter user @jwgop on October 9.

Since January 2019, he has served as the junior U.S. senator from Utah.

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