Trump Retweets Bot That’s Named After His Own Rear-End
President Donald Trump, who is known to be an avid tweeter (but who often doesn’t proofread the posts he retweets), shared a post from an account that purports to be his own rear-end.
The account, named “DJT Butt,” is a bot account designed to retweet Trump’s own tweets. In other words — and in more confusing terms, as well — Trump retweeted an account that itself retweeted his own tweet.
To make matters worse: the original tweet that the bot retweeted (that Trump later retweeted) was, in fact, a retweet.
Still following along? Good…because it gets stranger.
It all started when an account called “America’s Newsroom” (@AmericaNewsroom) shared video of an interview of Rep. Jim Jordan, a Trump-aligned Republican who was being critical of Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. That tweet was originally made at 10:40 a.m. EST on Monday.
The president just retweeted an account called “DJTrumpsButt” happy Monday pic.twitter.com/qmb95F4whV
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) October 22, 2019
Trump shared the tweet himself Monday evening, at 8:31 p.m. EST.
The Twitter bot “DJT Butt” (@DJTrumpsButt), doing what it was programmed to do, shared the tweet to its small number of followers.
Apparently unaware that the account disparages his own rear-end — and also lacking the wherewithal to recall that he had already shared the same tweet featuring the same interview with Jordan — Trump then retweeted the tweet from DJT Butt at 8:40 p.m., according to the Trump Twitter Archive.
For those following along at home, here’s the short yet very confusing version, once more: Trump retweeted a tweet, which a bot that retweets his tweets then tweeted out. Trump, redundantly, then retweeted that bot’s tweet, which was his original retweet of a tweet he sent out.
Trump has had a difficult history sharing content on Twitter from other users without first understanding who they are or what interests they represent, according to a report this summer from the Washington Post. Earlier this year, for example, Trump shared a tweet with a graphic that read, “DEMOCRATS ARE THE TRUE ENEMIES OF AMERICA!” from a user named “Lynn Thomas.”
That user was later suspended by Twitter for having shared other content on the platform that shared discredited fake news stories — including promulgating the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory.