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 That tweet was originally made at 10:40 a.m. EST on Monday.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.
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Chris Walker is a freelance writer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. A millennial with more than a decade of journalism experience, Chris aims to provide readers with the latest and most accurate news of national importance. Chris likes to spend his free time doing activities in his community with his family.