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Mitt Romney has a Secret Twitter Account. Hello, ‘Pierre Delecto’

Mitt Romney has a Secret Twitter Account. Hello, ‘Pierre Delecto’

“C’est moi.”

I find it funny how everyone now loves Utah Sen. Mitt Romney because he has become one of the louder voices against President Donald Trump.

McKay Coppins wrote a loving profile of Romney in The Atlantic, which also included the senator groaning about Trump’s use of Twitter.

Except…it seems like Romney enjoys Twitter more than he let on.

Coppins wrote:

They manage that tension in different ways: While the president spent a too-online Saturday earlier this month unloading on Twitter—launching #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY into the canon of viral Trump taunts—Romney enjoyed a quiet afternoon picking apples with his grandkids in Utah and refusing to take the bait. When I met him in his office a couple of weeks later, I asked if the Twitter insults bothered him.

“That’s kind of what he does,” Romney said with a shrug, and then got up to retrieve an iPad from his desk. 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.” (After this story was published, Slate identified a Twitter account using the name Pierre Delecto that seemed to match the senator’s description of his lurker account. When I spoke to Romney on the phone Sunday night, his only response was, “C’est moi.”)

Ashley Feinberg at Slate dug through the Twitter account of Allie Romney Critchlow, Mitt’s oldest grandchild. She has 481 followers, which made the task easier for Feinberg.

Feinberg found @qaws9876. Mitt has protected the account.

When Fienberg wrote her piece, the account only had eight followers. Now it has 1,173 followers.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/mitt-romney-has-a-secret-twitter-account-and-it-sure-looks-like-its-this-one.html

https://twitter.com/qaws9876

Feinberg managed to catch the people Romney follows before he locked the account. They include people like Robert Murdoch, Bill Kristol, Matt Schapp. He follows those you expect like his children, former aides, and reporters who covered his 2012 presidential campaign. It seems like Romney enjoys a laugh because he follows parody accounts of him, but also quite a few fan accounts.

Romney only tweeted responses to tweets The ones from this year include a response to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Others include pushbacks to articles “defending Mitt Romney’s honor.”

Then Feinberg posted a few tweets Romney liked on the platform. He enjoyed quite a few tweets from George Conway, Kellyanne Conway’s husband, who regularly bashes Trump. Another tweet supported “an invocation of the 25th amendment.”

Obviously Romney wanted us to find his secret account. Otherwise, he would not have mentioned it to Coppins let alone give the number of people he follows. That made it easy for Feinberg to find the account.

It makes you wonder how many politicians have these so-called burner accounts.

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Comments

UnCivilServant | October 21, 2019 at 11:09 am

I don’t get what the fuss is. A public figure’s public account is going to be swamped with all the nastiness the public can muster. A secondary account makes perfect sense. I keep seeing a lot of coverage like there’s some scandal going on – but with no mention of anything scandalous.

    It’s the nasty attitude revealed in the formerly anonymous tweets.

      Tom Servo in reply to Valerie. | October 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      I agree, and also, for people like you and me, it would be no big deal. We’re not big public figures, so no one cares what we call ourselves. But THIS man is a public figure, people want to know how he thinks because he’s asked them to support him and vote for him. But still, he wants to lurk about on the internet and make snarky public comments that he won’t have to take any personal responsibility for. For a public official, that’s just wrong. (Donald Trump puts his name proudly on everything he says).

    You have nailed the main character difference between Romney and Trump. Romney has to hide behind a mask while doing his trolling while Trump posts under his own name. Romney epitomizes the polymorphic life forms that populate The Swamp.

    Does that help you understand what “the fuss is all about”?

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 21, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Maybe this is why Ritten Momney needs to hide in the dark?

      Rush Limbaugh: Mitt Romney told Nancy Pelosi the Senate Republicans would convict Trump.

    Ace of Spades reports the following about Romney’s pen-name: “Pierre Delecto” is almost certainly a play on in pari delicto, a Latin phrase meaning “both parties are equally to blame.” I think it means literally, “in both, guilt.”

    However, I would have had more respect if his handle was less precious and more honest like ThomasPaineInTrumpsA$$

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Leslie Eastman. | October 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      ….except Mittens isn’t even in the same galaxy as patriot
      Thomas Paine….

      Sounds like a porno name! Does Mitt have a secret life?

      “Pierre Delecto” could also loosely translate as “Peter Delicious,” which would make a good match for Carlos Danger.

      They could start a club, maybe call it the Pretty Peter Club; I bet Pete Butt-edge-edge would like to join too!

      I’m sure Dick’s Sporting Goods (We Don’t Sell Guns, they’re BAD!) would be happy to sponsor them, and they’d get plenty of bang for their buck!

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 22, 2019 at 1:09 am

    The reason that people are upset is that it is confirmation of long held suspicions that Romney was, and still is, on the other side.

    Subotai Bahadur

    clayusmcret in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Mitt Romney is a backstabber and a perfect example of the elites in Washington, regardless of party. He’ll say one thing to your face and then plunge a serrated blade through your shoulder blades, twist it and then spin you around to “sincerely” ask if there’s anything he can do to make it better. He reminds me more and more daily of John Kerry. And the account “Pierre Delecto”? Sounds like something chosen by Anthony Weiner. Yo Utah, excellent choice you picked there.

I wonder if Pierre Delecto and Carlos Danger compare notes.

I can’t believe I voted for Romney

Is Pierre a friend of Anthony Weiner’s “Carolos Danger”

People are crawling all over Mitt Romney’s Twitter, which he coyly acknowledged. Of course, it has been taken private, probably after it was archived.

http://archive.is/TVfBI

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/10/21/romney-confirms-secret-twitter-name-tries-to-hide-tweets-too-late-mitt-welcome-to-resistance-841917

I’m willing to bet the decision to acknowledge the account was a calculated decision.

My call: an unforced error on the order of “basket of deplorables.”

Really, really cute names . . . Pierre Delecto . . . Carlos Danger . . . and nobody slams them for ‘cultural appropriation’?

So Romney’s a secret twit. Well, no surprise there, but it’s hardly secret.

[Sorry, too obvious . . . well, it’s Monday.]

This is so Willard. Next he’ll be stripping down to show us his Victoria Secret unmentionables.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Hmmmmmmm………

Rush Limbaugh: Mitt Romney told Nancy Pelosi the Senate Republicans would convict Trump.

Mitt Romney Cozies Up to Pelosi on Impeachment

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/09/25/mitt-romney-cozies-up-to-pelosi-on-impeachment/

Pierre? Perhaps @Mittens was already claimed.

Anonymous sources inside Mitten’s senate office, who are not authorized to speak on the matter, told me that Mittens uses the burner twitter account to keep abrest of Ahoy Cuckshed Cruise Ship voyages.

Shhh.

You people forget Romney didn’t buy this. The sorry state known as UTAH saddled us with this waste of skin.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to 2smartforlibs. | October 21, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    For which I have apologized a number of times. Some of us did work to get him defeated, but Orrin Hatch changed the local political methods when he saw us take down Bennett in 2010. Basically, he saw that we were getting tired of the elites ruling over us and changed things so the incumbent and Party has more power over nominations instead of the people.

    I have great hopes that in four years, enough of my fellow Utahns will have seen his sheen wear off and be ready to boot the idiot. I have a number of friends who did not vote for Trump who are VERY happy with the job he is doing.

    Also, for the record, because Utah’s electoral votes will ALWAYS go to the (R) – at least for my lifetime – I felt safe in NOT voting for Romney in 2012. I could register my distaste for the GOPe candidate without fear that I was contributing to Obama’s win.

Can’t you just see Romney and Robert Mueller sitting in some dark paneled office, tsk-tsking about the current kerfuffles and brouhahas, how absolutely droll it all must seem to them.

Delicto definition
in flagrante (delicto) In the act of committing a crime, misdeed, or immoral act, especially having sexual intercourse with someone other than one’s spouse.
Delicto – Idioms by The Free Dictionary
idioms.thefreedictionary.com/delicto

If Republicans could convince Romney, Sasse, Rubio and Burr among others to run as Democrats, we’d not only have a stronger Republican party, but a better Democrat party as well.

    “…but a better Democrat party as well.”

    Well, no. They would fit in with the rest of the commies, but no improvement.

Pierre Delecto: An unelectable wannabe Frenchman.

Pierre Delecto. Sounds like the name of an account that Anthony Weiner would use.

So is this Mitt’s way of saying he finds “peters” delectable?

Randy in Arizona | October 22, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Every time Mitty opens his pie hole he drops to new depths of PATHETIC!
Utah voters were able to see the lack of character he exhibited as the Governor of Taxxachusetts and were still dumb enough to vote for him because he is LDS.
Sorry Utah, please dump him!

Pierre Delecto? Could any pseudonym be more deliciously appropriate for that pompous ass? LOL.

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