Mitt Romney used secret Twitter account to criticize Trump

The Atlantic published a profile piece on Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and in it, he revealed a secret Twitter account. Super internet sleuths jumped on the info Romney provided, figured out his user name and outed the account.

He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account—“What do they call me, a lurker?”—to keep tabs on the political conversation. “I won’t give you the name of it,” he said, but “I’m following 668 people.” Swiping at his tablet, he recited some of the accounts he follows, including journalists, late-night comedians (“What’s his name, the big redhead from Boston?”), and athletes. Trump was not among them. “He tweets so much,” Romney said, comparing the president to one of his nieces who overshares on Instagram. “I love her, but it’s like, Ah, it’s too much.”

Romney has confirmed the account that uses the name Pierre Delecto is in fact him, although it’s now no longer public.


But before he went private, Slate was able to grab some of the tweets and likes and many of them are pro-Romney and anti-Trump.

Of the 257 tweets the account has liked over the last eight years, 30 of them came from the official @SenatorRomney account, 28 came from the official @MittRomney account, seven were tweets quoting either the @SenatoryRomney or @MittRomney accounts, and three included a direct mention of one or the other. Even more were about Romney generally without mentioning an official Twitter handle.

Among Pierre’s liked tweets that don’t directly mention Mitt Romney, George Conway, Kellyanne Conway’s outspoken NeverTrump-er of a husband, appears to be a particular favorite, with Pierre liking quite a few tweets that call Trump’s fitness for office into question, as well as this one expressing frustration at Lindsey Graham.

Romney confirmed the account is his with the Atlantic writer who did the piece on him.

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